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Car camera catches 'bully' truck drivers on Bruce Hwy

Eric Saffy's car camera recorded two incidents of truck drivers on the Bruce Hwy between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin on Saturday at about 1.30pm, that he alleges were unsafe.
Eric Saffy's car camera recorded two incidents of truck drivers on the Bruce Hwy between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin on Saturday at about 1.30pm, that he alleges were unsafe.

SICK of watching truck drivers bully people on the roads, Gladstone region resident Eric Saffy is encouraging people to buy car cameras and help expose dangerous drivers.

Mr Saffy's car camera recorded two incidents of truck drivers on the Bruce Hwy between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin on Saturday at about 1.30pm that he alleges were unsafe.

He was driving south at the time.

The first incident involved a truck driver overtaking him on double white lines.

"I had the car on cruise control on 100km, so he would have had to be doing about 120km," Mr Saffy said.

He said the truck driver narrowly missed cars, and what made the actions of the driver more dangerous was that there were overtaking lanes for the other direction of traffic.

Mr Saffy alleges the second video, which was taken about seven minutes after the first incident, showed the same truck driver using both lanes to prevent anyone from overtaking him, and then another truck driver overtaking Mr Saffy and not allowing him any room to merge back into the lane.

The second driver's actions allegedly caused Mr Saffy to have to brake with the passenger side wheels off the road.

"They're going to kill somebody," he said.

Mr Saffy, who lives near Lake Awoonga and works at the Gladstone Area Water Board, travels the route between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin about once a month, and said he hadn't been shocked by the actions of the drivers because that area was a particularly bad stretch for speeding.

"They seem to know the police aren't watching," Mr Saffy said. "It's a bully thing."

Mr Saffy contacted the Gin Gin Police about the matter and he said they had met him on the highway.

"The constable at Gin Gin was very good about it," he said.

Mr Saffy said he filmed the incidents with a run-of-the-mill car camera that cost about $100, but there were dearer, higher quality ones available.

He posted the videos on the Facebook group Gladstone Open Discussion to highlight the behaviour of truck drivers on the roads.

"I just try to encourage people to try to get these cameras to expose these drivers."

Mr Saffy said the cost of the video camera was worth it, and he wanted people to send their videos showing dangerous drivers to the Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety, Jack Dempsey.

A Queensland Police Media spokesperson said there wasn't a current policy on car cameras, but the service would use footage from cameras as evidence for inquiries if it showed unlawful conduct.

The spokesperson said people should be careful their cameras did not obstruct driver vision.

Transport and Main Roads response

A TRANSPORT and Main Roads spokesperson has said that this type of footage is a reminder to drivers to take care on the roads.

Transport and Main Roads encourages motorists to obey the road rules at all time, which includes not crossing double lines to overtake other vehicles.

"Be patient and wait until there is an overtaking lane or broken lines and safe space from oncoming traffic," the spokesperson said.

"This behaviour could save your life and that of others on the roads."

Transport and Main Roads encourages drivers with evidence of poor driver behaviour to contact police.

For more information on the road rules, go to http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Queensland-Road-Rules.aspx

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