Two mining dump truck chasis are transported along the Bruce Highway north of Rockhampton escorted by police.
Two mining dump truck chasis are transported along the Bruce Highway north of Rockhampton escorted by police. Chris Ison

Drivers must beware wide loads on Central Highlands roads

INATTENTION is the main cause of drivers not being able to safely pull over for wide and oversized loads, according to Emerald police.

Drivers on Central Highland roads need to be ready to "take evasive action" Emerald police Sergeant Brad Weeks said.

"Oversized vehicles do have right of way on the road and you will have to get off the road - it's as simple as that," Sgt Weeks said.

"At times police may seem agitated or rude but what they are trying to get across is that there is a matter of urgency and that you need to start taking action.

"We get a lot of locals out here who are used to it and they see a pilot vehicle and they start looking for a place to pull off."

Sgt Weeks said he had seen loads nine metres wide.

 

"There are very few places where you can't get off safely enough if you have slowed down first," he said.

 

"We have cattle crates where all they can do is straddle the white line and the wide load slows down to work around them.

"There is no excuse for cars not being able to get there right-hand wheels over that white line or the edge of the bitumen.

"Anyone driving in the Central Highlands should drive around being aware one of these could be on the road around the next corner."


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