30 Aug 2016
During TruckWeek - a national week of trucking industry events from 29 August to 4 September 2016 – we want to take the opportunity to remind all road users to be aware and share the road safely with heavy vehicles.
There has been a significant increase in the number of heavy and long vehicles on our roads over the past 20 years, a trend that is continuing in response to growing demand and supply of goods.
Motorists all too often make potentially lethal mistakes, including: following too closely, unsafe speeds, unsafe overtaking, driving between large trucks and changing lanes abruptly in front of trucks.
Heavy vehicles are large, not very manoeuvrable and often slow around the city. Therefore when you consider the limitations truck drivers have, the consequences of these mistakes can be fatal.
On country roads drivers very often become impatient when behind trucks. Don't take unnecessary risks when overtaking. Always assess the risks.
It is important to obey traffic laws, be cautious and patient when near trucks for the safety of everyone on the road.
For more information and tips on sharing the road watch the video below or visit the MyLicence website.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to upgrade the intersection of Cross Road, Duthy Street and Harrow Terrace, Kingswood will occur this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 April.
New traffic lights and more right-hand turn lanes will be added to the junction of Bridge Road and Maxwell Road, in Para Hills, as part of a $7.23 million safety upgrade set to commence on Sunday.