Fatigue can kill on road
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.’’