Slowdown bus message
By BELINDA SCOTT
BILL PREGNELL was so shocked by the 23 crosses painted on trees at Pine Creek and other roadside memorials, it inspired him to start a national road safety campaign.
Mr Pregnell is pushing to have the backs of buses used as mobile safety posters to urge motorists to slow down.
He wants business firms and organisations to sponsor the bus signs and he wants bus companies to provide bonus bus-side signs to make the sponsorship go further.
And he particularly wants the Coffs Coast to get behind the campaign, which took off in Tasmania earlier this month.
The retired tour coach driver, author and bush poet, regularly travels the length of the East Coast from Tasmania to Far North Queensland and often visits his son, William, the joint owner of Bellingen Automotive.
Mr Pregnell began his campaign in his current home town of Hobart, where he gained the support of prominent Tasmanian businessman John Radcliffe. Mr Radcliffe's daughter was left a quadraplegic at the age of 17 as the result of a car accident.
The road safety push is also being supported by bus operator, Metro Tasmania, and Nr Pregnell said his work was also being encouraged by the police and SES.
Now Bill Pregnell wants to bring the campaign to the Coffs Coast and he has already inspired the State member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, and is talking to bus operator, Busways.
Sponsors' names will be displayed on the bus signs.
Bellingen Automotive last week became the first Coffs Coast business to join the campaign, putting up in their workshop the banner which saw 'time matters none when life on earth is done ? Slow Down Now.'
People interested in becoming sponsors can contact Bill Pregnell on 0408-363849.