Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) wants to remind Benalla’s drivers of the dangers of driving without breaks during the long weekend, and to take a break every two hours.
TOLL Driver Reviver sites will operate at various locations during the long weekend including three on the Hume Fwy around Benalla:
●Balmattum Rest Stop;
●Mokoan Rest Area, northbound lane; and
●Winton Rest Area, south bound lane.
Unfortunately, 87 Victorian lives have been lost in road accidents this year and 20per cent of fatal road accidents involve driver fatigue.
Almost 30 per cent of severe single-vehicle crashes in rural areas involve drivers being fatigued.
TOLL Driver Reviver is a national campaign with one objective; to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue.
VICSES volunteers and Lions Club members will offer coffee, tea and snacks at various roadside locations during the Queen’s birthday long weekend to encourage drivers to stop, rest and refresh, in an effort to ensure they arrive safely at their destination.
VICSES chief executive officer Stephen Griffin said the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was a particularly busy time on our roads and he wanted all Victorian drivers to take special precautions when travelling through the state.
‘‘It is always more gratifying for SES volunteers to have a friendly chat and serve you a cup of tea or coffee at a Driver Reviver site than be faced with the trauma of cutting you out of your vehicle after a collision,’’ Mr Griffen said.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) reminds drivers to:
●Plan a break at least every two hours;
●Consider swapping drivers;
●Pull over for a 15-minute powernap;
●Avoid driving at times when you would usually be sleeping;
●Aim to get enough quality sleep before driving — regardless of whether the trip is a long or short one; and
●A healthy adult needs on average between seven to nine hours of sleep to function properly.
VICSES volunteers have responded to more than 1300 road rescues across the state in the past year.
During last year’s Queen’s Birthday long weekend VICSES was called to 23 road crash rescues.
Six lives were lost on our roads during this year’s Labour Day long weekend.
●TOLL Driver Reviver sites will be in operation across Victoria. All locations can be found via the following link: www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/driver-reviver