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Black ice social media campaign goes viral

BE AWARE: Shannon Graham has created a social media page to inform people where black ice is located. A SOCIAL media campaign startedto raise public awareness of winter’s killer –black ice –has reached thousands.
Nanjing Night Net

Former road rescue workerShannon Graham started the pagedays ago because hefelt certain motorists did not realise the dangers of black ice and that it impacteddrivers on all roads –not just on highways.

In the wake of Saturday’sdouble fatality at Daylesford that left four children orphaned, Mr Graham established Ballarat Black Ice Reports so heand other community members could inform drivers where black ice was located and, most importantly, remind them to remain vigilant when driving.

The Facebook group has since garnered more than 3000 ‘likes’, reached more than 60,000 people and made people aware of the prevalence of ice in cold conditions.

“I’m ex-road accident rescue and grew up on a farm and I learnt how to deal with black ice, but far too often people don’t understand the dangers,” Mr Graham said.

“I’ve seen the worst of what road trauma can do.

“(On Saturday) there were all these posts popping up online about black ice –I wanted to create one centralised location where people can be informed. Knowledge is power.”

VicRoads regional director Ewen Nevett said black ice occurredin freezing temperatures when heavy dew, rain or pooled water was present across the road.

“With the harsh winter conditions again upon us, it is timely to remind people that they should always drive to the conditions on allroads,” Mr Nevett said.

“We urge motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving, particularly in frosty,icyweather, because even though theroadmight appear to be clear,blackiceis invisible and poses serious risks to safety.”

Weatherzone meteorologist Tristan Meyers said conditions were mainly warmer next week, however residents could expect black ice to form on Friday morning.

He said clear conditions after showers made frost and ice more likely to occur.Residents can expect to feel the chill on Thursday –with temperatures reaching a maximum of 9.

Mr Graham said drivers needed to adapt to conditions and urged them not to use cruise control in icyconditions.

“There are so many different tips, but I just stick to the basic stuff. Ease off the throttle, don’t jump onthe brakeand steer firmly but gently.”

He hopes the Facebook page will provide another avenue for the community to understand the need to drive safely and help prevent anymore road tragedies from occurring because of black ice.

Visit the page at:https://梧桐夜网facebook南京夜网/BallaratBlackIce/

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