Har­vest safety

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

As the re­gion’s har­vest sea­son ramps up, north cen­tral Vic­to­rian driv­ers are be­ing urged to pay ex­tra at­ten­tion on the roads.

Au­thor­i­ties say driv­ers will likely see an in­crease in the num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cles on the roads in com­ing months.

‘‘North cen­tral Vic­to­ria is home to a di­verse agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and with har­vest sea­son well and truly here, we’re urg­ing ev­ery­one to be alert and share the roads re­spon­si­bly with heavy ve­hi­cles,’’ Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria north­ern op­er­a­tions man­ager Matt Gard said.

‘‘Keep an eye out for trucks trans­port­ing pro­duce from farms in the north to mar­kets in the south and farm­ers mov­ing large ma­chin­ery, right across the re­gion.

‘‘En­sure it’s safe to over­take large ve­hi­cles, re­main pa­tient and be aware of the blind spots that are com­mon with larger ve­hi­cles.

‘‘Road safety is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all road users, and we want ev­ery­one trav­el­ling on our net­work to make it home safely.’’

Mr Gard also urged those driv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles to en­sure they were ad­e­quately rested be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

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

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

‘‘We know dur­ing har­vest sea­son, farm­ers do some­times need to 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.

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

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