Tired drivers target of roadside service
Driving fatigued can be fatal. That’s the message delivered to motorists during a Waikato District Council, NZ Police, NZ Transport Agency, St John, and Huntly Friendship House driver fatigue stop in Huntly last week.
Council road safety co-ordinator Megan Jolly said many people were quick to think of speed and alcohol as key road safety issues, but fatigue was also a killer on our roads.
‘‘In the past five years, 141 people have been seriously injured as a result of a fatigue- related road accidents in the Waikato region. This issue has also caused 54 fatalities.’’
Jolly said key signs of driver fatigue included blinking frequently, constant yawning, wandering over the centre line or road edge, wandering thoughts and not remembering driving the last few kilometres.
‘‘Motorists should ‘catch up on lost sleep’ before they set out on holiday, and have frequent breaks when driving long distances. Swapping drivers or stopping for a powernap are also important strategies for combating driver fatigue.’’
SAFETY FIRST: Craig Scott from St John advises Richard Brimer of Hawke’s Bay about driver fatigue and the precautions he can take.