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IT SEEMS you can’t do any­thing un­to­ward th­ese days with­out a mem­ber of the pub­lic record­ing it on their mo­bile de­vice, dash cam or any other piece of tech­nol­ogy with a cam­era lens.

Pro­fes­sional foot­ballers are a prime tar­get for op­por­tunists ready to whip out their Galaxy or iPhone to hope­fully catch the un­wit­ting sub­ject in the act of com­mit­ting a po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect of­fence in the hope of sell­ing it off for big money to a me­dia out­let.

There’s no es­cape for truck driv­ers, ei­ther. When mo­bile phones be­gan to be­come a reg­u­lar ac­ces­sory for mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic in the 1990s, it was an easy task for in­di­vid­u­als to call the head of­fice of a com­pany to dob in one of its driv­ers who may have been go­ing about their task in a dan­ger­ous or lessthan-pro­fes­sional man­ner.

Now it’s a whole new ball game. Any­one who has a Face­book page, Twit­ter ac­count or other so­cial me­dia ac­cess has be­come a would-be pub­lisher or broad­caster.

Take for ex­am­ple the lat­est in­ci­dent in South Aus­tralia where the driver of a Gar­den Grove Ken­worth combo over­took another truck on a straight stretch of road while a mo­torist in a Cortina was head­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

The mo­torist was forced off the road to avoid the Gar­den Grove truck and it was all cap­tured on dash cam. For­tu­nately, the eva­sive ac­tion taken by the car driver was a pos­si­ble life-sav­ing ex­er­cise.

Nev­er­the­less, it was posted on the mo­torist’s Face­book page where it at­tracted main­stream me­dia at­ten­tion.

Af­ter­wards, Gar­den Grove took swift ac­tion, stand­ing the driver down while it con­ducted its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

As a con­squence, the driver has now been sacked, with Gar­den Grove re­spond­ing to the in­ci­dent on its own Face­book page that “we have un­der­taken a full review of all com­pany poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, in par­tic­u­lar, those re­gard­ing driver train­ing.

“In ad­di­tion, we have also in­creased our (al­ready fre­quent) com­mu­ni­ca­tions with our driv­ers re­gard­ing road safety.

“Gar­den Grove Haulage would like to as­sure the gen­eral pub­lic that road safety, le­gal com­pli­ance and cour­te­ous driv­ing is of para­mount im­por­tance to us and we will do ev­ery­thing we can to help en­sure the safety of all road users.”

Mean­while, the Trans­port Work­ers Union has called on the South Aus­tralia au­thor­i­ties and Safe Work SA to carry out a full au­dit on Gar­den Grove. Gar­den Grove’s driv­ers have fea­tured within Owner//

Driver’s pages in pre­vi­ous years in a much more pos­i­tive light. No sign of em­ployee dis­con­tent there.

We would like to be­lieve this is an iso­lated case for Gar­den Grove, and merely the re­sult of the thought­less and reck­less ac­tions of one in­di­vid­ual.

A still from the dash cam video of the June in­ci­dent. Photo from Face­book

GREGGREGBUSH BUSH

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