Great Southern Region
The Great Southern Region is situated in the south of the state and incorporates 12 Local Government Areas: Albany; Broomehill-Tambellup; Cranbrook; Denmark; Gnowangerup; Jerramungup; Katanning; Kent; Kojonup; Plantagenet; Ravensthorpe; and Woodanilling.The region has a population of around 61,090 and covers an area of 53,702.1 sq kms which incorporates 3,211.69kms of sealed and 10,158.57kms of unsealed roads.
Main industries in the region include tourism, broadacre cropping, wool, timber plantations, livestock production and fishing.
Holiday Season Reminder
It’s been a busy harvest, slow down and arrive safely for your holiday
This year has produced a record harvest but not without its challenges. As you start thinking about your end of harvest celebrations and holiday plans give yourself credit for all the hard work. Slow down, take it easy and arrive to your holiday destination safely.
Fatigue and single vehicle run-offs remain the highest causes of death and serious injury in the Great Southern.
- Three in every four crashes on regional WA roads involved a local driver either within their local government area or an adjacent one.
- Approximately 75 per cent of all serious crashes involve a mistake, a momentary lapse in attention or being tired.
- The most common crash type on regional roads is a single vehicle leaving the road, generally at high speed.
- Sixty-five per cent of those involved in rural crashes are men and of those 23 per cent are aged between 20-29.
When you are driving tired, you can drift in and out of sleep without knowing it. Sleep experts call this a micro-sleep and can last three to five seconds. They are the main cause of fatigue-related crashes. A micro-sleep of five seconds at 110km/h is like travelling the length of an Aussie rules football field with your eyes closed. 
Remember: Share the driving, have regular breaks (at least every two hours), pull over when the signs of fatigue start to show and enjoy a well break!
Road Safety Commission, Fatigue, www.wa.gov.au/organisation/road-safety-commission/fatigue, 8 December 2021.
Pictured above: Images from the 2019 Great Southern Road Safety Conference.
Road Safety Advisor
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