THIS Easter long weekend, hundreds of SES and Lions Club members will take time out from their own holidays to make sure drivers get to their holiday destinations safely.
Sixteen Driver Reviver sites will operate across Victoria’s North West Region from Thursday, April 5 to Monday, April 9.
For over 20 years now, Driver Reviver has been a national campaign with one objective: to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue.
With an estimated 17% of motor vehicle fatalities related to sleep deprivation, it is important to remember to take a break every two hours if planning a long drive. Already, 75 lives have been lost on Victorian roads in 2012 – a 15% increase on the same period last year.
“It really is very important that motorists consider their trip ahead of time, plan scheduled rest breaks, and get a good night’s sleep before hitting the road,” said Trevor White, VIC SES Chief Officer Operations.
Today, the Victorian SES has 154 volunteer units throughout the state, with 101 accredited to perform Road Rescue, making the SES the largest Road Rescue organisation in Australia.
Last year, SES volunteers have attended over 1000 road crash rescues. They would rather have a friendly chat and serve you a cuppa at a driver reviver site than be faced with the trauma of cutting you out of your vehicle after a collision.
Take a break every 2 hours, refuel yourself with a cuppa, a bicky, a friendly chat and thanks to TAC a free music download.
Please visit www.ses.vic.gov.au or www.facebook.com/vicses for more details on site locations and operating hours throughout the state.