Truckie deserves thanks from road users: top cop
SILVERDALE Sand and Soil owner Domenic Leuzzi couldn’t be prouder of his driver, Brendan Gilbert, who helped save a motorcyclist’s life after he fell off a motorbike on the busy M4.
“(I’m) very proud of what he did, we gave him a big pat on the back. Not just him but the others who helped too,” Domenic said.
But not everyone was so positive in talking about the driver’s actions, with people on social media, who didn’t have all the facts and assumed the worst, criticising Brendan.
“We got phone call saying our truck hit a motorcycle and then had to explain no, that he pulled up to help,” Domenic said.
He said his son jumped on social media, defending Brendan and tried to get the facts out.
“(I’m) just annoyed about it and I wish people and the media would get their facts right before judging and putting comments out there, it doesn’t give the company or the driver any justice,” he said.
“They think it’s always the truck’s fault, no matter what happens.
“Unfortunately a handful of cowboys that make it hard for the good guys who try to do the right thing.
“It’s been like this for many years and I don’t know how to educate people on how to understand.
“Maybe it’s just spreading the good news like this and people start to realise and get the facts right before they judge, that might help the truck industry.”
New South Wales Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks said the incident was a great example of the long-held view that truck drivers were on the front line of road safety.
“Given their advanced road skills in terms of how they drive, operate and maintain their trucks and trailers, they are literally the pilots of the highway,” he said.
“In this case, the truck driver witnessed the event, assisted others in calling emergency services, rendering first aid, using his vehicle as a barrier to protect those at the roadside.
“The actions of this driver are highly commendable, and he deserves the thanks of not only those directly involved but all road users.”
Australian Trucking Association chief executive officer Ben Maguire said so often truck drivers were portrayed negatively and unnecessarily blamed for road crashes, however drivers were often on the scene when tragedies occurred
“This is why the ATA celebrates the outstanding actions of professional drivers with accolades like the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award, which recognises the unsung heroes on our roads,” he said.
❝ The actions of this driver are commendable, and he deserves the thanks of ... all road users.
— Phillip Brooks