Wheatbelt Events Target Driver Fatigue

Posted on: Monday, 26 November 2018 at 12:00:00 AM

Driver Fatigue was a recurrent theme at Wheatbelt events during October, with six fatigue-focused displays, events and presentations held in Toodyay, Northam and Wongan Hills.

At each event, visitors and audiences were engaged on the topic of driver fatigue, which research indicates could be responsible for as much as 29% of the serious injury and fatal road crashes in the Wheatbelt region1.

Three of the events incorporated a road safety quiz to reinforce the information provided at the road safety display, with the winners at each location receiving a $50 local fuel voucher. Congratulations to Helen Clemesha of Wongan Hills, Delys Dick of Northam, and Dianne Cox of Toodyay for correctly answering 10 road safety questions as part of the draw.
 
Fatigue facts:

  • After 17 hours awake, we are on our way to sleep: and once fatigue has set in, the only real solution is sleep. Research shows that most people benefit from just a 20 minute nap, so motorists are encouraged to take a break or swap drivers - don’t just push on through!
  • A three to five second micro-sleep could mean a driver has travelled up to 100 metres at high speed with their eyes closed.2

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Pictured above: The 'Don't Drive Tired ' message on display at the Toodyay Regatta; Members of the Wongan Hills Mens Shed promoted driver fatigue messages at the Reynoldson Reserve Festival in Wongan Hills.

Source: Government of Western Australia, Road Safety Commission; https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Statistics/Regional-Statistics/Wheatbelt, 13 November 2018.
2 Source: Government of Western Australia, Road Safety Commission; https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Safety-Topics/Fatigue

 

To find out how you can get involved in addressing road safety issues in the Wheatbelt North region, email Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson csimpson@walga.asn.au or call 0409 686 138.

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