Keep eye out for posties


Postmen Darren Patterson, of Joondalup, and Berin Ayling, of Butler.
Postmen Darren Patterson, of Joondalup, and Berin Ayling, of Butler.

It follows the death of a postman in Huntingdale last year and some collisions in the Joondalup and Wanneroo area in recent months.

“Incidents mainly occur when people don’t look before reversing out of their driveways,” Joondalup delivery manger Sam del Pino said.

In WA last year, there were 14 incidents where a postie was involved in a near miss or collided with a reversing vehicle.

Acting Joondalup operations manager Karel Van Geyzel said roundabouts were another danger for posties.

“Close calls are quite common,” he said.

“Personally I’ve had cars move into my lane, blindsiding me and forcing me to the side of the road.”

Tips to keep posties safe:

– When reversing from driveway, toot horn and back out slowly.

– Check to the sides as well as behind before reversing.

– Maximise visibility by pruning overhanging vegetation and removing other obstructions.

– Clear fallen branches or sticks from the path.

– Sweep loose dirt or gravel.

– Keep kerbside rubbish out of the way.

– Keep dogs behind fence or on a leash away from the letterbox.

– Leave warning note at letterbox about swooping magpie or slippery path.

– Avoid leaving toys, tools and gardening equipment out.