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Journeys : June July 2009
Life on the move Simply the best! High-visibility deterrent T did our club proud, winning the category for Best Practice – Technical Diagnosis. A The showcase is designed to identify best-practice processes, procedures and equipment used by road service patrols within all AAA-affiliated motoring clubs, as well as providing the clubs with an opportunity to benchmark in this area. The patrollers who participated were selected by their respective clubs for excellence in their field of work. Each was assessed in a range of challenging areas including technical knowledge and practical skills. Julian’s win follows success for the RACT in the inaugural event last year, when Josh Dobie won the section for Best Practice – Customer Service. Julian and Josh are just two of the statewide Roadside team ready to help you – when you need it most! t the second Australian Road Patrol Skills Showcase in Canberra recently, RACT Patrolman Julian McGary (above) he RACT has welcomed the recent announcement from Acting Police Commissioner Darren Hine to trial specially- marked high visibility police cars that will focus on Tasmania’s highways and major roads in a further effort to crackdown on lawbreaking motorists and help reduce the state’s road toll. Four existing patrol cars will be marked with traditional blue and white chequers as well as fluorescent horizontal stripes in a widening pattern, making them extremely visible to other traffic. “National and international research has found the use of highvisibility police cars can have a positive impact on driver behaviour,” said Mr Hine. “Apart from their livery, the cars will be no different from standard Tasmania Police cars and they will be able to respond to any type of police situation as necessary. He said the trial would be evaluated after 12 months of operation. RACT Group Chief Executive Greg Goodman said that the RACT’s regional advisory committees had been calling for some time for a much higher-visibility police presence on the roads, especially on the high-speed, high-volume trunk routes. “I believe this measure will be strongly supported by the Tasmanian public,” Mr Goodman said. ADVERTISEMENT This is what an unhealthy eye looks like. You can’t spot eye disease. Don’t wait for symptoms. Get your eyes tested. About 87% of people over 45 have at least one eye problem, but up to 80% of blindness and vision impairment can be prevented by early detection. For more information visit www.australia.gov.au/eyehealth Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. June / July 09 19 NEH001/M/MN/RHS/120x420
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