New 'Stop, Revive, Survive' Signage Targets Fatigue in the Great Southern

Posted on: Tuesday, 26 May 2020 at 12:00:00 AM

The team at Main Roads WA in the Great Southern region recently installed two new 'Stop, Revive, Survive' signs along Albany Highway in Tunney to encourage drivers to take a break when travelling between Perth and Albany.

While some motorists may feel the journey between Perth and Albany is relatively short at 408km, they don’t often consider other factors such as lack of sleep the night before a journey or long work hours which can effect driving ability. Many drivers feel they can easily drive for three to four hours without stopping. This is simply not the case and is the behaviour Main Roads WA is trying to discourage by erecting these reminder signs.
 
The new signs are designed to encourage drivers to use existing safe stopping places available along the network to pause, stretch their legs, have a coffee or even have a short nap.
 
Driving for long periods without taking a break is a risk factor associated with killed and serious injury crashes in WA, with 87% of fatigue related fatalities in 2018 occurring in regional WA1. Single vehicle run off road crashes make up a significant number of road crashes in the Great Southern region - typically these types of crashes can be attributed to fatigue.

Other sites are being considered, with additional 'Stop, Revive, Survive' signs to be rolled out across the region soon.
 
1Government of Western Australia, Road Safety Commission; https://www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Behaviours/Fatigue, 8 May 2020.

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Pictured above: The new signs are designed to encourage drivers to use existing safe stopping places to stop for a rest and break from the task of driving.

Great Southern Local Governments interested in working together to prevent road trauma, by adopting safe system policy and practice, can contact Road Safety Advisor, Carl Beck on 0418 904 081 or email cbeck@walga.asn.au.

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