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NHVR backs annual initiative urging road user safety

The NHVR is supporting Fatality Free Friday as it looks to do its bit to reduce Australia’s road toll

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is once again supporting Fatality Free Friday this year as it looks to boost safety awareness on Australian roads.

With 1,270 people tragically losing their lives in road accidents in 2023, the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s critical reminder for all road users to take extra care to reduce road trauma is also focused on long-term community change.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says a single road fatality is one too many, and taking extra care on the roads to ensure all drivers and passengers make it home safely is everyone’s responsibility.

“Whether you are driving a truck, bus, motorcycle or car, making safety your top priority when travelling to your destination is essential,” Petroccitto says.

“Ensure you are well-rested, stay focused on the road and free of distractions, and always keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

“We know that 70 per cent of serious incidents involving a heavy vehicle are due to an error by the light vehicle driver, so we would urge motorists to take extra care when travelling around trucks.

“Importantly, always stay mindful of blind spots and give heavy vehicles plenty of space.”

Veteran truck driver and safety advocate Rod Hannifey has clocked more than six million kilometres on the road and says Fatality Free Friday is a crucial reminder to not take unnecessary risks while driving.

“I ask you to think about what you’re doing on the road, and act as though every other vehicle you’re sharing the road with has a member of your family in it,” Hannifey says.

“If you treated every other vehicle that way, would you put them at risk?

“Think about those you’re sharing the road with, and get home safely to your family every single day.”

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