CBH urges safe driv­ing for sea­son

Countryman - - NEWS - Rueben Hale

CBH is urg­ing its truck con­trac­tors, man­agers, staff and har­vest ca­sual work­ers to drive with safety in mind dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­day sea­son.

Last year, 195 peo­ple were killed on WA roads and 1500 were se­ri­ously in­jured.

Trag­i­cally, 60 per cent of road fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred in re­gional WA.

The Wheat­belt has con­sis­tently had a high road safety record.

Dur­ing the past five years, 146 have been killed while driv­ing on Wheat­belt roads.

The co-op­er­a­tive launched a se­ries of in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions last week, urg­ing staff to drive safely over the Christmas pe­riod.

Its mes­sages were based upon the WA State Gov­ern­ment’s new Guide to Driv­ing Safely on WA Roads, in par­tic­u­lar the guide’s sec­tion about driv­ing on coun­try roads.

The sec­tion re­minds peo­ple that WA is a vast State, big­ger than the whole of Western Europe.

Driv­ing in the Bush sec­tion tells mo­torists to keep to the left, never use mo­bile phones while driv­ing and don’t drink or drug­drive.

It ad­vises on pro­to­cols for driv­ing on gravel, with wildlife on the road or in low vis­i­bil­ity.

It also of­fers tips on how to merge, over­take road trains and to man­age fa­tigue over long dis­tances.

CBH Al­bany as­sis­tant zone man­ager Mark Pin­ney said, be­ing a coun­try boy at heart, road accipeo­ple dents were a part of life and ev­ery­one knew some­one af­fected by road trauma.

Mr Pin­ney has been as­sist­ing CBH with its in­ter­nal road safety mes­sage, help­ing to de­liver group ses­sions on the topic in the lead-up to the Christmas hol­i­day break.

He has pushed com­mu­ni­ca­tions about a com­mon sense ap­proach to driv­ing on the road and en­sur­ing ve­hi­cles are fit for pur­pose.

“My pas­sion to be part of this campaign comes from the fact that I grew up in the coun­try and sufA fered loss be­cause of traf­fic ac­ci­dents on re­gional roads,” he said.

Mr Pin­ney said be­fore peo­ple drove any­where they should check their mir­rors, breaks, seat­belts, oil and wa­ter.

He said while driv­ing, it was im­por­tant to slow down and look out for chil­dren, wildlife, stock, dam­aged and wet roads.

“Hope­fully with our peo­ple driv­ing with these things in front of mind will mean ev­ery­one will get home safely to their fam­i­lies this Christmas,” he said.

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