Truckie calls for an end to reck­less­ness

Great Southern Herald - - NEWS - Tayler Neale

Dash cam­era footage from a Fletcher In­ter­na­tional truck show­ing a near head-on col­li­sion as a car at­tempts a dan­ger­ous over­take on Al­bany High­way is a weekly oc­cur­rence, ac­cord­ing to driver Mur­ray York.

Mr York was driv­ing through North Ban­nis­ter re­cently and had slowed down to just be­low the speed limit when he re­alised what was hap­pen­ing.

“I man­aged to look in the mir­ror and saw a car over­tak­ing where it shouldn’t be, right across the two solid lines,” he said

“I took eva­sive ac­tion to try and avoid a pretty se­ri­ous col­li­sion with the on­com­ing car.

“Luck­ily I got off the road with my wheels in the gravel try­ing to hold it there and then the other car has stopped and (braked) too, oth­er­wise it would have been a head-on.”

Mr York said this sort of reck­less driv­ing was a reg­u­lar part of his jour­ney be­tween Nar­rikup and Fre­man­tle Port.

“That hap­pens weekly, it hap­pens all the time,” he said

“Peo­ple just have to be more pa­tient, it’s only a few kilo­me­tres you have to wait un­til a pass­ing lane in this in­stance.”

The footage has been passed on to po­lice, who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

Fletch­ers In­ter­na­tional WA gen­eral manager Greg Cross said driv­ers needed to show more pa­tience when deal­ing with heavy haulage trucks.

“The con­se­quences are per­ma­nent — a lot of the youth need to re­alise that these cars that are out there are jeop­ar­dis­ing other peo­ple’s lives,” he said.

“These cars are like weapons and peo­ple have to treat them ac­cord­ingly.”

Mr Cross said the bad rep­u­ta­tion be­stowed on truck driv­ers lacked cred­i­bil­ity and he was hope­ful the footage would de­ter driv­ers from mak­ing reck­less de­ci­sions.

“Truck driv­ers to­day are get­ting a bad name and they cop a fair bit of flak, but real­is­ti­cally the ma­jor­ity of the truck driv­ers out there are very re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

“This in-cab vi­sion just shows the stu­pid­ity from other driv­ers on the roads.”

Fletch­ers In­ter­na­tional heavy haulage driver Mur­ray York has had sev­eral close calls on Al­bany High­way. In­set: A still im­age of a close call be­tween two cars.

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