Truckies Need Space To Keep You Safe

Katherine Buttsworth wants all drivers to take the road safety pledge this week.

The Eurobodalla Council road safety officer says it’s a simple commitment but one that pays big dividends in reducing road trauma.

“Road Safety Week ends Sunday 12 May and I invite all road users to take the pledge; to put away mobile phones, refrain from speeding or driving while tired or under the influence, and protect vulnerable road users by slowing down and making space,” Ms Buttsworth said.

“We’ve recently had another crash on the Kings Highway. We definitely need to be better at sharing the road with heavy vehicles.”

Ms Buttworth has recently returned from the launch of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership program for 2024, at the Brooks Hill rest stop near Bungendore last Wednesday. Eurobodalla Council is a driving force in the partnership that also includes Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, ACT Police, NSW Police, the ACT Government and Transport for NSW.

This year’s theme is ‘Don’t get in a truckie’s face, give them space’.

“Commuters on the Kings are welcome to drop in to a rest-stop workshop at Ryrie Park, Braidwood between 10am and 2pm on Friday 10 May for refreshments and a chat about fatigue management and Kings Highway road safety,” she said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for drivers to complete a short survey – and possibly win a swag! I’d love to see all the shire’s road users take the pledge and drive so they and others survive.”

Take the pledge online as your commitment to safer roads and to gently honour those we have lost. The Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership is made possible by funding from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

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