The Road Ahead Sampler : April May 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 8 NEWS | FEATURE THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2014 tie a yellow ribbon... RACQ GETS BEHIND NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY INITIATIVE TO HELP PROTECT 'FIRST RESPONDERS'. STORY DEB ECCLESTON EVERY DAY IN Queensland, between 700 and 800 RACQ roadside patrols are at the ready to help motorists in need. Add to that people employed as tow- truck drivers, in the emergency services and at roadwork sites and the number of workers whose 'office' isn't defined by four walls and a desk reaches into the thousands. Then there are the drivers and passengers of the broken-down vehicles, often on the side of the state's busiest highways. The result is countless people whose lives literally depend on the awareness of passing motorists. The Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week -- supported by all state governments and auto clubs -- aims to raise awareness of these people and encourage motorists to exercise caution around their 'workplace'. RACQ Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said the Yellow Ribbon campaign would run from May 4-11 and this year all RACQ vehicles would be decorated with the signature ribbons in the form of yellow stickers to highlight the road safety message. "It's important that we do whatever we can to make sure people don't stop on the road for no reason and if they do, that they take some precautions to minimise the risk," he said. "Yellow Ribbon Day is about recognising that the road is a dangerous place. If you see someone stopped on the roadside, that person is vulnerable so give them some space. "We want everyone to drive so others -- especially those who risk their lives on a daily basis to help motorists -- survive." Yellow Ribbon Day was launched in May, 2012, by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Inc, following a tragic crash on the Hume Highway earlier that year. The incident involved a young woman, Sarah Frazer, who was forced to pull over on to a narrow shoulder of the freeway when her car broke down. Sarah got out of the car and waited by the guardrail for help as cars and trucks passed by at high speed. The tow-truck operator, aware of how dangerous that section of highway was, wouldn't allow his employees to take the call and instead went to Sarah's aid himself. As he started securing her car, a passing truck side-swiped Sarah's vehicle, killing them both instantly. Following the crash, SARAH Inc was established to promote road safety, especially for those who work on our roads, and support those affected by road tragedy. Given RACQ has hundreds of staff working on the roadside, it was only fitting the Club be involved in an initiative such as Yellow Ribbon Day, according to Mr Tucker. Yellow Ribbon Day is about recognising that the road is a dangerous place. If you see someone stopped on the roadside, that person is vulnerable so give them some space.
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