Motorists are being urged not to trust their tired selves as they take to the roads this Easter and Anzac Day.
With Easter and Anzac Day both falling in the school holidays this year, many people will be heading off to see family and friends over the two-week holiday period.
“Don’t trust your tired self when setting off on a journey,” said Leeton Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Stephanie Puntoriero.
“Remember, fatigue-related crashes can happen on any trip no matter how long or short or what time of day.”
“It’s important to think about how tired you are before driving, recognise the early warning signs, and know what to do to avoid driving tired,” she said.
Ms Puntoriero said that fatigue is one of the top three killers on NSW roads, along with speeding and drink driving.
“The key message for all drivers is that you don’t have to be severely fatigued to impair your driving ability, you can simply just be tired,” she said.
“Tired from a long day, tired after a big night, tired from concentrating on the road while the kids talk in the back seat.”
“The risk is even greater when you are driving at times when you would normally be asleep, as well as in the early to mid-afternoon,” Ms Puntoriero added.
Fatigue-related crashes are almost three times as likely to be fatal than crashes not involving fatigue.
Drivers who are asleep can’t brake.
Ultimately, there is no excuse for unsafe behaviours on the road because it can have tragic and life-changing consequences.
Leeton Shire Council together with NSW Highway Patrol remind motorists of the Easter double demerit period which will apply from midnight Thursday, 6 April 2023 until midnight Monday, 10 April 2023 and from midnight Friday, 21 April 2023 to midnight Tuesday, 25 April 2023.