WA region tackles tailgating

Spread of agencies help to highlight message that the practice is 'dangerous and foolish'

July 5, 2012

Driving behaviour around heavy vehicles is the focus of a multi-agency project in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The safety initiative aims to discourage drivers who persist in aggressive tailgating, especially behind agricultural and haulage vehicles.

Great Southern Police have linked with local government, Farmsafe WA and local Roadwise committees, with local haulage and coach operators instrumental in "getting the message out on the road networks by displaying the signage on their vehicles", police say.

As part of the project, tens of thousands of rear wind screen RU 2 CLOSE?signs have been distributed to the motoring public throughout many areas of the Great Southern region and larger magnetic signs have been distributed to the agricultural and haulage sector for display on the rear of trucks.

This is designed to create a high impact awareness of the project on the road network.

"Tailgating is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous and foolish examples of bad driving we see every day on our roads and highways Senior Constable Tam McKeown says.

"It is also recognised as one of the biggest factors in triggering road rage and intimidating other motorists.

"The project is designed to encourage the motoring public to drive at an appropriate speed, where they can always stop their vehicle in the distance they can see to be clear."

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