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Did you know that a driver who has been awake for 17 hours has a driv­ing abil­ity sim­i­lar to that of a driver with a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion (BAC) of 0.05% and af­ter 21 hours, sim­i­lar to a BAC of 0.15%?Driver fa­tigue is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous be­cause it af­fects ev­ery­one, no mat­ter how ex­pe­ri­enced a driver is. Driv­ing when be­com­ing sleepy is a high risk be­hav­iour. Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice (pic­tured Se­nior Con­sta­ble Casan­dra Hill) want you to know fa­tigue is one of the top five fac­tors con­tribut­ing to road crashes. Fa­tigue isn’t just fall­ing asleep at the wheel; it’s also lapses in con­cen­tra­tion ex­pe­ri­enced by driv­ers that have se­ri­ous con­se­quences.In Queens­land, be­tween 2008 and 2013, more than 15% of fa­tal­i­ties were iden­ti­fied as be­ing fa­tigue-re­lated crashes. The ac­tual num­ber may be much higher as it can be dif­fi­cult to iden­tify fa­tigue as a causal fac­tor. Avoid fa­tigue. Avoid driv­ing at night when your body nat­u­rally wants to sleep. When driv­ing long dis­tances plan to stop for at least 15 min­utes ev­ery two hours. Avoid long drives af­ter work. Re­mem­ber to take ef­fi­cient breaks; on long drives, a mo­men­tary lapse of con­cen­tra­tion can end in tragedy.Un­der­stand whether any medicine you are tak­ing might af­fect your driv­ing. Stop, Re­vive, Sur­vive…. Don’t meet us by ac­ci­dent.

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