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Feb 21, 2013

SAFETY ROADS * Australia

* NSW - Big drop in speeding truck drivers in 

  (Truck drivers have hit back at ‘rogue motorists’, releasing footage of cars doing the wrong thing as part of a new campaign designed to build respect between road users) 
Sydney,NSW,Australia -9 News National -February 18, 2013: ...  Roads Minister, Duncan Gaytold reporters in Sydney on Monday the campaign had been "hugely successful" with latest RMS figures showing a 79 per cent fall in the number of heavy vehicles detected speeding at more than 105km/h over the past year... NSW Police Superintendent, Stuart Smith, of the force's Traffic and Highway Patrol said that last year police and RMS Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce inspected more than 2600 heavy vehicles, resulting in 93 trucks being grounded for having non-compliant speed limiters. More than 800 defects and infringement notices were issued for a range of other offences, and officers carried out nearly 6000 random drug tests on truck drivers, with 70 returning positive results, he said... Supt Smith said police would continue to work closely with the trucking industry but would not tolerate the "small, rogue element" who continue to put lives at risk by speeding and recklessly tampering with their vehicles... Transport Workers Union, national secretary Tony Sheldon, said the campaign meant safer roads for all road users...

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