Fa­tigue can kill on road

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Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for mo­torists to not drive while tired af­ter a hor­ror start to the year on the roads in Eastern Vic­to­ria.

Ten peo­ple have been killed in the Greater Shep­par­ton, Mitchell, Strath­bo­gie, and Mur­rin­dini shires so far this year.

Se­nior Sergeant An­drew Dono­van said it is be­lieved fa­tigue played a role in more than half of the deaths.

‘‘It’s just tragic that we have lost so many lives need­lessly,’’ Sen Sgt Dono­van said.

‘‘Fa­tigue is one of the big­gest killers on our roads, but it is hard to po­lice.

‘‘That’s why we need all mo­torists, all Vic­to­ri­ans, to take ac­tion on fa­tigue.’’

Fa­tigue slows re­ac­tion time and af­fects con­cen­tra­tion and de­ci­sion mak­ing skills, which are cru­cial to safe driv­ing.

To avoid fa­tigue po­lice rec­om­mend:

Take a 15-minute break at least ev­ery two hours;

Don’t drive at times you should be sleep­ing; and Share the driv­ing when pos­si­ble. ‘‘Nod­ding off at home on the couch, in front of the TV, won’t im­pact your life, but do­ing the same while on the road can be fa­tal,’’ Sen Sgt Dono­van said.

‘‘Hav­ing a cup of cof­fee, wind­ing down the win­dow, or turn­ing up the air-con may mask your tired­ness for a while, but the ef­fects will only be tem­po­rary.

‘‘We all need to work to­gether in or­der to have no deaths on our roads.

‘‘If you have con­cerns about other driv­ers on the road call triple zero (000) to re­port them.’’

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