Tired driv­ers tar­get of road­side ser­vice

North Waikato News - - News -

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.

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