NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK GETS BUS BACKING

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transit Systems


BUS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT entity Transit Systems joined hundreds of organisations across Australia in supporting National Road Safety Week 2019, recently.

NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK GETS BUS BACKING
“I pledge to protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way..."

As the company reports, its bus depots kicked off this year’s campaign by taking the pledge to "Drive so others survive".

Throughout the week Transit Systems drivers and support teams signed large signs detailing the pledge to acknowledge the important commitment, the company states.

Clint Feuerherdt, CEO Transit Systems, said: "We are so proud of our team for embracing the National Road Safety Week pledge, and taking the time to sign it at our depots."

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"During the week, we witnessed drivers actively discussing how their actions impact others and they acknowledged the important role they have in not just ensuring our passenger safety while on a bus, but also their own safety and other road users.

"Our aim is that our team are always vigilant, staying cautious and considerate of other road users, so that we all get to where we are going safely," he explained.

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WHY IT STARTED

The Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group was established by Peter Frazer after his 23-year-old daughter, Sarah, was killed in a road crash on the Hume Highway in February 2012.

Sarah’s car had broken down on her way to university and she had pulled into the emergency breakdown lane while waiting for assistance, the site explains. Tragically, the breakdown lane was not built to the 3-metre Australian standard and, while the tow-truck driver was hooking up her car, a passing truck side-swiped the broken-down car killing both Sarah and the tow-truck driver instantly. 

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THE PLEDGE

"As every life is precious, I pledge to drive as if my loved ones are on the road ahead."

"I will remove all distractions and promise to never use my mobile phone while behind the wheel.

"I will not put other people at risk by speeding, driving while tired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"I pledge to protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way, by slowing down and giving them the space they need to be safe."

For further information visit https://www.roadsafetyweek.net.au/

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