Road safety reminder

Road safety reminder

Canning Vale based Tri State Transport John Hyland in front of one of their rigs. Drivers were reminded to be courteous near trucks this holiday season. Photograph – Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne.

With spikes in traffic incidents over holiday periods the trucking industry reminded drivers to be attentive and stay safe on the roads.

There have been almost 200 deaths on WA roads this year, a huge increase on the 161 that died in 2015.

The majority of deaths occur on regional roads.

WA Road Transport Association freight manager Cam Dumesny said whether it were bikes, cars or trucks there seemed to be a lack of courtesy on the road.

“The road toll this year has just been horrible and the biggest increase is in regional areas,” he said.

“I think there’s just a general lack of courtesy shown to each other.

“We’re just all in our own little hurry in our own little world.”

He said road users needed to be aware of trucks.

“Drivers shouldn’t cut in front of trucks, give them some room, just because trucks have more wheels doesn’t mean they stop faster,” he said.

“The driver has a family just like the driver of a car, people shouldn’t take unnecessary risks past the drivers.

“Show a bit of courtesy and they’ll show you the same.”

Canning Vale-based Tri State Transport managing director Pam Simpson gave her own tips.

They included allowing extra travel time; never drinking and driving; staying off mobile phones; never driving tired; making sure truck drivers can see you vehicle; resting adequately during long drives; and keeping a safe breaking distance behind vehicles.

She also said drivers should never change lanes in front of a truck at the last minute; double checking all loads; and ensuring lighting on trailers was in good working order.