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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Are you watching your blind spot?

 

Cheshire Police have been gearing up to launch a rural campaign which seeks to raise awareness to tractor drivers about their blind spot. ‘Am I in Your Blind Spot?′ has been timed to launch at the Cheshire Show on 18th and 19th June to give officers the opportunity to engage with the farming community and hand out demo videos and ‘blind spot′ mirrors to farmers to support the campaign launch. The mirrors are specifically to help tractors drivers who may be carrying heavy loaded trailers and find it difficult to see traffic approaching from the rear when making right turn road manoeuvres.

Following a series of fatal motorcycle collisions on rural roads with agricultural vehicles over the recent months - a small amount but still fatals, the campaign is being launched to highlight the dangers on rural roads. ‘Am I in Your Blind Spot′ will initially be workshop based with a series of talks being delivered to farmers utilising the Cheshire Young Farmers clubs starting in July this year.

Sergeant Rick Weaver, of the Road Policing Unit, who is leading the campaign, said that "We recognised the need for a campaign that would focus on rural road safety. Following some research I was able to source a ‘blind spot′ mirror that could be fitted to any existing tractor mirror. This affords the tractor driver extended views to the rear and more importantly a clear view behind when negotiating a right turn into farm entrances or fields."

For more information on tractor road safety, you can visit http://www.cheshire.police.uk.

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