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Rest or rescue - the choice is yours

Published 25/03/2013

Fifty-two Driver Reviver sites will operate across Victoria over the Easter long weekend, encouraging motorists to rest and stay safe.

This year’s Easter Driver Reviver campaign was officially launched on Monday at an event on Southbank Boulevard which included a live demonstration of a road rescue by Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

This year SES has joined forces with TAC to spread a clear message to drivers: Rest or rescue.

Research shows that being awake for 17 hours has the same effect on your driving ability as a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05. The only way to cure fatigue is to sleep and a 15-minute powernap could save your life.

Driver Reviver sites offer a safe place for drivers to pull over and take a powernap. SES and Lions Club volunteers will be onsite with free tea, coffee and music download cards to help drivers refresh.

With 103 units accredited to perform road rescue across the state, SES is the largest road rescue provider in Australia.

SES CEO Mary Barry said it was critical that motorists were well-rested before embarking on a long journey.

"2012 claims data from AAMI, our principal partner, show a nearly 50 per cent spike in accidents on Victorian roads the evening before Good Friday, most of which occurred between 4pm and midnight," she said.

"In the last year alone our volunteers have attended close to 900 road crash rescues. Driver Reviver launch demonstration

"It really is much more enjoyable for our SES volunteers to have a friendly chat and serve you a cuppa at a driver reviver site than be faced with the trauma of cutting you out of your vehicle after a collision."

"I want to thank our principal partner AAMI, and other road safety partners TAC (Transport Accident Commission), Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and other community services who deal with the aftermath of road collisions and want to stop fatigue related collisions on our roads."

If you’re taking a trip over Easter, visit a Driver Reviver site to take a break. visit our Places to Stop page to find a full list of sites.