ACROSS the state 78 lives have been lost on our roads, and tragically our region is not exempt.
But Central Tablelands Road Safety Officer, Andrew Cutts, is working alongside other road safety officers, implementing programs with the aim of cutting the road roll.
Andrew has been in the job almost 12 months, and most recently launched the ninth Free Cuppa for the Driver campaign, encouraging drivers to stop, revive and survive their journey.
Relatively new to his role, Andrew previously worked in theatre, which saw him touring the world.
He studied at Stannies, and then studied horticultural science for 12 months, with the idea of becoming a town planner, he pursued an interest in the theatre.
In between touring he worked in waste management, events, and threatre, before returning to Bathurst where he took up a position with the council.
"With my experience felt I had something to offer, I've held advocacy roles in waste management, and this is where I landed, as tablelands road safety officer."
He said he is thoroughly enjoying the new role and the challenges it presents, but said working at Bathurst Regional Council and with the region's other road safety officers has been amazing.
"Bathurst Regional Council is a joy to work at," he said, adding what he loves most about the new role is is important work it does within the community, saving lives.
"It feels really good to be doing something about the road toll," he said, adding he is especially proud to be involved in the latest campaign Cuppa for a Driver, which launched its ninth campaign recently.
"The way it engages the community is great, so many businesses have enlisted their support, the program is having a very positive effect on the safety of the community.
"Watching someone stop and take a break from driving rather then keep going, is great.
"We'll never know how many people have had near misses, but this campaign is making a difference to driver's habits.
"You can't calculate those sliding door moments, but I know we are decreasing the likelihood of drivers having a crash, when they stop and take a quick break from driving" he said.