NHVR throw support behind Fatality Free Friday

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has thrown its support behind this year’s Fatality Free Friday, an initiative to boost safety awareness with the aim of a day without a single fatality on Australian roads. 

A critical reminder for all road users to take extra care to reduce road trauma and boost safety awareness, the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s initiative focused on long-term community change.  

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In 2023, 1,270 people lost their lives in road accidents with NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto saying a single road fatality is one too many. 

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

“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.”  

Clocking more than six million kilometres on the road, veteran truck driver and safety advocate Rod Hannifey says Fatality Free Friday is a reminder to not take 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,” he says.  

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

Hannifey encourages drivers to think about who they drive alongside and to get home to family safely.  

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