Nowhere to hide
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