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Leeton Shire Council Road Safety Officer Stephanie Puntoriero is
to not trust their tired selves as they take to the roads this Easter.
local people will be taking advantage of Easter occurring during the school
holidays and heading off on a road trip,” Ms Puntoriero said.
trust your tired self if you’re setting off on a long journey.
“Get a good night’s sleep before you head off,
take regular breaks and share the driving around if possible.
Ms Puntoriero said many
drivers weren’t aware that fatigue is one of the top three killers on NSW
roads, along with speeding and drink driving.
“The key message for
all drivers is that you don’t have to be severely fatigued to impair your
driving ability, you can simply just be tired. Tired from a long day, tired
after a big night, tired from concentrating on the road while the kids yell in
the back seat. The risk is even greater when you are driving at times when you
would normally be asleep, as well as in the early to mid-afternoon,” Ms
A fatigued driver is
six times more likely to die in a crash than a well-rested driver and in
2011-2015 more crashes occurred in the Leeton Shire due to fatigue than drink
driving. Fatigue crashes are twice as likely to be fatal than other crashes
because you can’t brake while you’re asleep.
Leeton Shire Council is
now also a Free Cuppa Town and wishes to remind residents that if they are more
than 100km from home to look out for Free Cuppa participating businesses in
Leeton & Yanco.
Leeton residents are
also encouraged to use take advantage of the road safety program when
travelling along the Newell and Sturt Highways and in Wagga. The initiative
provides a Free Cuppa (sometimes even a cappuccino depending on business) for
drivers who are more than 100km from home. The program encourages drivers to
take a break to help decrease fatigue related crashes in the area.
“Drivers need to be
aware you don’t have to be speeding or drunk to cause a catastrophic accident,
and you don’t have to have been in an extreme situation to be fatigued. You can
just simply be tired,” Ms Puntoriero said.
Shire Council and NSW Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists double
demerit will apply from midnight Thursday 13 April until
midnight Monday 17 April 2017.
Driver Reviver sites will be in operation across the New South Wales road network providing motorists the opportunity to take a quick break and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.
The locations of Driver Reviver sites are available on the Transport for NSW website at: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/fatigue/driverreviver/map/index.html.
Rest Area locations are available from the Roads and Maritime Services website at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au by searching ‘rest areas’.
Ranger: 0417 259 422
Parks: 0428 970 143
Roads: 0407 468 214
Water/Sewerage: 0428 268 679