Caravanners at the police presentation
the law at Rum City rally
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CARAVANNERS at the 41st Caravan Clubs of Queensland's State Rally in
Bundaberg had a brush with the law.
But the only thing the cops were handing out at the gathering of 400 happy
campers at the Rum City's Recreational Precinct was advice on keeping safe
while on the road.
Club secretary Barbara Rutherford told Caravanning News that the
seven-day rally had been a resounding success.
"It's been a very friendly affair attended by caravanners from all over
Queensland," she added.
Meanwhile, Senior Community Crime Prevention Officer Sue Rewald penned the
following article after her colleagues spent an "enjoyable afternoon"
delivering a presentation at the event.
The caravanning club
made us feel very welcome and were keen to chat to our officers about all
sorts of roads safety issues.
With 130 attendees at our session we were certainly kept on our toes
Sergeant Meg Owens put members through their paces with a Road Rules
Refresher Quiz where she dispelled some of the urban myths about cyclists,
merging lanes and the ever controversial roundabout.
Sergeant Paul Jackson shared stories about his time spent in outback
stations and what caravanners should look out for.
Paul emphasised that it was particularly important to make sure that your
partner is also experienced at towing so that they can step in if needed.
He had seen a number of crashes due to inexperienced co-drivers trying to
cope with road conditions and large vehicles.
Department of Transport and Main Roads compliance officer Jason spoke
about safe towing including loading your caravan correctly,
shackles/chains and brakes.
Also joining us were Tom and Terry from the Australian Caravan Club who
highlighted the importance of adequate rest stops to prevent fatigue and
sharing the road with other vehicles.
But it wasn’t all theory, with fun interactive displays on standard
drinks, stay wider of the rider and drinking goggles to simulate the
effect alcohol has on your coordination.
A big thank you to Col and Bill for inviting us along and to all those
happy campers that took part!
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