Council helping to reduce fatigue related accidents on local roads
December 16, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council is joining forces with its neighbouring Councils in relaunching an ongoing initiative aimed at reducing the number of fatigue related crashes on our local roads.
Designed to alert motorists to the early warning signs of fatigue, the ‘Stay Awake’ program will also educate drivers on the dangers of micro sleeps and poor concentration behind the wheel.
Again joining the initiative as a project ambassador Paralympic wheelchair basketball gold medallist, Brett Stibners is using his own experiences in losing his left leg in a fatigue related accident on Picton Road in 2001 to alert motorists to the early signs of drowsiness.
“I was 21 years old when I fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Mr Stibners.
“I lost my left leg from the resulting crash.”
“I had just been selected in the Australian Men’s Indoor Hockey Team. My life changed forever after the accident.”
Shoalhaven City Council Road Safety Officer, Kathy Wiseham said the ‘Stay Awake’ program had already proven successful in encouraging drivers to stop, revive and survive while on the roads over the Christmas period.
"Driving while sleep deprived, especially late at night and at dawn, increases the risk of having a micro sleep and losing control of your vehicle,” said Ms Wiseham.
“As a driver, it is vitally important to be aware of the early warning signs of driver fatigue. These include yawning, poor concentration, tired eyes, restlessness, drowsiness, slow reactions, boredom and oversteering.
“The ‘Stay Awake’ program aims to increase knowledge of these signs while informing motorists of the many driver revivers, service centres and roadhouses used to stop, revive and survive along Southern Region Roads.”
As part of the program, motorists have the opportunity to win one of six $100 fuel vouchers, or a ‘Fatigue Fighter’ pack including a picnic set and stop revive survive gear.
Simply complete an entry form located in over 70 businesses supporting the 'Stay Awake' program between Picton and Queanbeyan, and Wollongong and Eden on the South Coast.
Shoalhaven City Council is joining other Southern Region Councils, including Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee and Queanbeyan as part of the ‘Stay Awake’ program.