Locals discuss road safety

MEETING: Cleve locals hear from police and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Photo: Supplied.
MEETING: Cleve locals hear from police and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Photo: Supplied.

Road safety following the closure of the Eyre Peninsula railway was the topic of conversation at a meeting in Cleve last week.

The meeting was held at the Cleve Bowling Club on Wednesday as part of the ongoing road safety campaign Operation Eyre Safe.

The operation aims to educate and enforce road safety on the Eyre Peninsula as the railway closure increases heavy vehicle traffic on the roads for the 2019 harvest.

Road safety experts from the SA Police and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator spoke about motorist responsibilities at the event.

Superintendent Paul Bahr also spoke to the public via a Facebook forum.

He said everyone on the road had a part to play in keeping the highways safe.

"We want to see a compliant transport industry - where no operator is being reported or receiving expiation notices, or having their vehicle defected and affecting their livelihood," he said.

"We want to see a safe harvest season with no fatalities or serious injury crashes on roads on the Eyre Peninsula."

Motorists are being urged to show patience around heavy vehicles and avoid fatigue on the roads.

"We know fatigue is one of the factors that plays a part in causing fatal and serious injury crashes... and that harvest time can be particularly demanding for some members of the community," Superintendent Bahr said.