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Media Release

John Anderson

Minister for Transport and

Regional Services

 

DRIVER FATIGUE - THE HIDDEN KILLER AT EASTER

 

A41/99

 

Easter is a time of greatly increased risk on Australia’s roads as people rush to make the most of the holiday break.

 

Making a plea for road safety the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, today urged people to think about their families and be road safety aware while driving this Easter.

 

‘The problems of drink driving, excessive speed and plain stupidity are compounded at Easter by that hidden killer, driver fatigue”, Mr Anderson said.

 

“Some Australians travel extraordinary distances over what is really only a short four-day break.

 

“The road toll this year is already up on that of the previous year and it would be tragic if the trend were to continue.

 

“Last Easter 15 people died and 400 were seriously injured on our roads. This level of suffering can be avoided.

 

“There are many warning signs of driver fatigue including - yawning, sore eyes, loss of concentration, slowed reactions and vision problems. If you recognise any of these, stop immediately and take a break.”

 

Media inquiries:

Mr Anderson”s office:

Stephen Oxley on (02) 6277 7680 or (0419) 480 681

 

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