Playing 'chicken' with truckies

WHEN people want to take on a truck that could weigh up to 64 tonnes in a game of 'chicken', Gary Dunford is in no doubt who will come off second best.

“Someone is going to get killed,” the owner of Ballina Removals and Storage said.

Mr Dunford said the game in which people run on to the road in front of a truck, then run away again at the last minute, was an unwanted problem truck drivers have had to deal with for years in Ballina and other towns where the highway runs close to night venues.

“They come out of the dark a lot of the times and you can't really see them - they're full of alcohol and drugs,” Mr Dunford said.

“You look down the side of the road and not see anything, but all of a sudden there's a kid running out in front of you.”

Mr Dunford said the weight of a B-double or semi-trailer meant it was impossible to stop quickly and 'it was a matter of avoiding them, rather than pulling up'.

He said drivers got on the radio and alerted others there were people on the road to try to give some warning.

The people taking on the trucks - a fully-loaded semi can weigh about 42 tonnes, and a B-double 64 tonnes - would then 'disappear off the face of the earth,' Mr Dunford said. And, because of that, drivers had just given up even reporting incidents to the police.

Mr Dunford said the problem of young adults wanting to play 'chicken' with trucks in Kerr Street in Ballina on Friday or Saturday nights had been going on for a long time and seemed to be a 'cult thing'.



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