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Rotary Headlight Testing results

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by John Chalmers for 5THE FM newsonlinewattlerangenow

Rotary Club Millicent Headlight Testing Report for 1st May 2014

Glendee Auto Repairs was the location once again for the programme. Headlight adjustments were carried out by (JR) John Marshall (Glendee), Herman Van der Heul (Lions), and Ray Schumacher & Colin Spink both from Mac Ford. We are indebted to them for their valuable participation in this project.
Wattle Range Council were once again very supportive providing event signs, flashing lights and traffic control bollards.
71 Vehicles were presented for checking an increase on last year’s total.
81% of the vehicles checked required adjustment to the alignment of the headlights, the key object of the exercise. In addition, the number of defective lights demonstrates the value of this Community Service Project.

Vehicles Tested – 71
Park Light Defect 6
Headlight Defect 6
Side Repeater 2
Headlight Adjustments 58
Rear Indicator 1
Tail Light 1
Brake Lights 2
Reversing Light 1
Number Plate Light 1
Extra Stop Light 1

We were fortunate that it did not rain until shortly before 8pm which did however make the clearing up and removal of signs a wet business.
Several suggestions have been made for a covered location. We need to follow up on these suggestions and organise a new location for next year.
Due to our commitments at this time of the year we need to set the date for next year and advise Mount Gambier of our preferred date.
Consider erecting information signs on entries to town, Adelaide Road, Mount Gambier Road, Rendelsham Road a week before the event.
Electronic Variable Message Sign could be a valuable promotion addition, if we could obtain one on loan through the State Road Safety Organisation perhaps in cooperation with Wattle Range Council it may be worthwhile.


Summary Table for the years  2010-2014
2010 Thursday 22nd April 90 ?
2011 Wednesday 4th May 55 180.95
2012 Thursday 26th April 77 216.00
2013 Wednesday 7th April 59 141.35
2014 Thursday 1st May 71 222.55

Drivers commented;
‘This is a great idea’
‘There are cars on the road now that should be in here getting their lights checked’
‘You are doing a great job’

One thought on “Rotary Headlight Testing results

  1. I passed the Mt Gambier testing area at the Ford dealership and was amazed at how many people had vehicles lined up. Unfortunately this is a missed opportunity by many of the locals who need to do attend these nights but who do not. This community safety campaign could be the difference between a fine and demerit points or even an accident..

    Hats off to the conveners and workers who make it happen every year.