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School holidays are here with Easter and Anzac Day fast approaching which means there will be an increased number of vehicles travelling long distances on the road, resulting in an increased risk of fatigue related crashes. The ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme in Central and South West NSW targets tired drivers in an aim to reduce fatigue related crashes over this holiday period by offering a free cuppa to long distance drivers.
When drivers travel more than 100
kilometres from the town on their drivers licence, between 1 March and 31 May
every year, they are eligible for a free cuppa at participating businesses.
Free Cuppa for the Driver is spread throughout 22 partnered local government areas
that stretch from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border. Highways
included within the participating areas include Castlereagh, Gwydir, Golden,
Great Western, Hume, Mitchell, Newell and Oxley.
Drivers can simply find the nearest
participating towns and businesses by going onto the Free Cuppa website at www.freecuppa.com.au, Facebook page or
by downloading the Free Cuppa App on their smart phone or device.
Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety
Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien, explained that participating businesses also have
Free Cuppa window decals and banners or sandwich boards at the front of their
business to make them more identifiable.
Free Cuppa for the Driver is a win for road
safety in preventing crashes, a win for drivers who receive a free cuppa and a
win for local businesses that have tourists stop by in their town.
Participating Free Cuppa business owner,
Celia Canham, of Tastebuds on Dalgarno said that it’s great to have tourists
stop and have a free cuppa to prevent fatigue and it also gives them a reason
to browse in our business and also our town.
This scheme has the same focus as Driver
Reviver sites that are based Australia wide, in the way that it encourages
drivers to stop and revive over a free cuppa during their long distance drive.
Driver reviver sites will also be open during the school holidays, Easter long
weekend as well as on Anzac Day. To find out the location and opening times of
Driver Reviver sites Australia wide please visit www.tollgroup.com/driverreviver.
Both Free Cuppa for the Driver and Driver
Reviver are important as fatigue is a big contributor to crashes on NSW roads
and these schemes are vital in reducing the number of tired drivers on our
Fatigue is also one of the biggest killers in NSW because when a driver falls asleep behind the wheel they have little to no time to break before a crash, causing the impact on the driver’s body to be greater than if they were involved in a non-fatigue related crash.
“Driver sleepiness is particularly dangerous because it can affect anyone, no matter how experienced a driver might be. Sleepiness contributes to 20-30% of all deaths and severe injuries on our roads. It is as much a contributor to our road toll as are speeding and drink driving. Sleepiness may be higher in some particular crash types, such as fatal single vehicle and semi-trailer crashes.
“Don’t become a statistic this holiday period. Drive to stay alive. Its better to arrive late than not at all,” said the Commissioner of NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, Mark Gibson ESM.
One challenge this scheme faces is reaching out to travellers from outside the Free Cuppa area who will be passing through and informing them about the scheme.
“If you know of anyone who might be travelling a long distance through the Free Cuppa area over the coming holiday periods, please inform them of this successful scheme, so that together we can potentially help save their life,” said Ms O’Brien.
Free Cuppa for the Driver is also running a selfie competition on Facebook and a random prize draw at participating businesses. Information about these competitions can be found on the Free Cuppa website or by visiting a participating business.
“These competitions help promote the scheme and also offer useful information that the Free Cuppa team can use to further improve the scheme and reduce fatigue related crashes in years to come,” explained Ms O’Brien.
Truck drivers can also take advantage of Free Cuppa, because they too face fatigue when driving long distances.
To find out if there is truck or caravan parking at or near a participating business simply read the description of the business intended on visiting, which can be found on the Free Cuppa website, Facebook Page or App.
For more information about Free Cuppa for the Driver you can contact the Free Cuppa team through the website, www.freecuppa.com, or contact Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien, on 02 6849 2000 or by email email@example.com
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