Lights on the Hill vice-president Glen Beutel and secretary Juanita Johnson get ready for this weekend's convoy.
Lights on the Hill vice-president Glen Beutel and secretary Juanita Johnson get ready for this weekend's convoy. Gen Kennedy

Stop the road tragedies, say Lights on the Hill organisers

JUANITA Johnson knows better than most the dangers that truckies face.

She lost both her husband and son in trucking accidents, and now campaigns for road safety as the secretary of the Lights on the Hill memorial convoy.

This Saturday, a convoy of more than 120 trucks will leave Toowoomba to honour the memories of truck drivers who have died.

Mrs Johnson said she hoped Lights on the Hill would help prevent more road tragedies.

"That's really what we'd like to do - make the public more aware of how to drive around trucks," she said.

"They're normal, everyday people doing an extraordinary job. They have a family to get home to just like anyone else.

"We've lost a few drivers in the last few months.

"It's a huge family - truck drivers have a family at home but they also have a family on the road."

Lights on the HIll

The convoys will leave Brown and Hurley in Toowoomba and BP Archerfield in Brisbane at 9.30am, converging at the Gatton Showgrounds by about 11am.

Delays are expected for motorists on the Warrego Hwy between these times.

There will be rides, activities and markets at the Gatton Showgrounds from 9am.

More information at lightsonthehill.com.au.



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