Cam­paign flags bet­ter aware­ness

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

TRANSPERTH has launched a new safety cam­paign in a bid to get peo­ple of all ages to im­prove their aware­ness around buses.

The mes­sage is a sim­ple one: Don’t Mess With Bus.

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said near misses were hap­pen­ing all too fre­quently across the net­work.

“From step­ping out in front of them, walk­ing too close, muck­ing around near a stop, or tak­ing un­nec­es­sary risks when cross­ing the road, peo­ple are tak­ing too many risks around buses,” Mr Hynes said.

“Our bus drivers tell us that near misses are an al­most daily oc­cur­rence so we thought it time we re­mind the public they need to take more care.

“Just like the char­ac­ters in this cam­paign, many peo­ple be­come dis­tracted by mo­bile phones or tablets, or fail to hear a bus ap­proach be­cause they are wear­ing head­phones.

“But that mo­ment of inat­ten­tion can have se­ri­ous and long-last­ing con­se­quences, or worse.

“It’s a colour­ful cam­paign with a very se­ri­ous mes­sage; don’t mess with bus, be­cause the bus will al­ways win.”

The cam­paign in­volves posters be­ing dis­played on buses, at bus sta­tions and at shops.

Teach­ers will have ac­cess to les­son plans and re­sources for pri­mary school stu­dents aimed at ed­u­cat­ing them about bus safety and avoid­ing dis­trac­tions.

Transperth em­ployee Bron­wyn Ed­wards helps spread the safety mes­sage.

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