Hay sea­son warn­ing

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

As the re­gion’s farm­ers en­ter har­vest sea­son, Be­nalla’s driv­ers are be­ing urged to pay extra at­ten­tion on the roads.

Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria north eastern re­gional di­rec­tor Nicki Kyr­i­akou said num­bers of heavy ma­chin­ery and agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles on the roads were likely to in­crease in com­ing months.

‘‘North-eastern Vic­to­ria is home to a busy and di­verse agri­cul­tural sec­tor, and dur­ing har­vest sea­son, we’re urg­ing road users to re­main alert and re­spon­si­bly share the roads,’’ Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

‘‘Drier con­di­tions across the re­gion may mean fewer trucks trans­port­ing grain, but we’re still ex­pect­ing to see more agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles on the roads as farm­ers cut, bale and cart hay.

‘‘We’re ask­ing all road users not to be com­pla­cent — en­sure it’s safe to over­take large ve­hi­cles, re­main pa­tient and make sure you’re aware of the blind as­so­ci­ated with larger ve­hi­cles.

‘‘We want ev­ery­one trav­el­ling on our net­work to make it home safely.’’

Ms Kyr­i­akou also asked those driv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles to en­sure that they were ad­e­quately rested be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

‘‘Fa­tigue is one of the big­gest causes of trauma on Vic­to­ria’s roads,’’ Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

‘‘We know that dur­ing har­vest sea­son, farm­ers of­ten work longer hours.

‘‘What we’re ask­ing is that be­fore any­one gets be­hind the wheel of a ve­hi­cle, they take a mo­ment to as­sess if they feel suit­ably alert to drive.

‘‘If you feel that you’re too tired to drive, ei­ther swap with an­other li­censed driver, or take 15 min­utes to have a power nap.

‘‘It could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween mak­ing it home safely or not.’’ spots

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