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SES urges motorists to play it safe this festive season

Published 21/12/2012

Over this holiday period many Victorians will take to the roads, whether it is to visit family members and loved ones or to experience that perfect summer escape. The message Victoria SES would like to make remains the same: it is better to take your time, plan your trip, take regular breaks and ensure you arrive alive. 

According to Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) Chief of Operations Trevor White, fatigue may seem innocent enough, but on the roads, it can kill or cause serious injury.

"While driver fatigue is not a criminal offence, it is just as dangerous as speeding or drink driving, and causes about 50 deaths and 300 serious injuries every year," Mr White said.

"Fatigue is also a likely factor in almost one quarter of single-vehicle crashes in rural areas."

Mr White implored Victorians to drive safely and take a good break from the road every two hours at a minimum.

This year’s road toll up to December 18 stands at 270, a 2 per cent decrease on the same period in 2011.

SES has 150 volunteer units throughout Victoria and is the largest Road Rescue organisation in Australia, with 101 accredited to perform Road Rescue.

"Driver Reviver stops are an important aspect of our work at SES. It provides a safe place for motorists to rest, have a drink, change drivers or have a power nap away from passing traffic," Mr White said.

"Our volunteers are determined to make our roads safer; they would much rather serve you at a Driver Reviver site than pull you out of a crash somewhere down the road."

Driver Reviver sites will be operating throughout Victoria over the Christmas and New Year period. Full site operating details, including a map of location, can be found on our Driver Reviver page.