Holiday drivers are being urged to stop and take regular breaks on the road this summer.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said motorists intending on long road trips over the Christmas and New Year break should plan to stop in at Driver Reviver sites across the state.
“We’re Australia’s most decentralised state and have the largest state-controlled road network in the country,” Mr Bailey said.
“Many Queenslanders are used to driving long distances, particularly in our regional and rural communities.
“You may be used to those long trips but it doesn’t mean you become any better at driving tired.
“Fatigue is still a major contributor to the state’s road toll.
“In 2018/19, 27 people died on Queensland roads in crashes blamed on fatigue.
“The year before, it was 31 people for the same reasons.
“The message is simple: Stop, Revive and Survive.”
Mr Bailey said Driver Reviver sites across Queensland would open over the school holidays, offering motorists and passengers a place to rest.
“Queenslanders will have access to accredited Visitor Information Centres from as far north as Mareeba and south to Rathdowney, along with 32 existing Driver Reviver sites which will be ready to welcome motorists,” Mr Bailey said.
“The success of the Driver Reviver program is largely due to the support of communities across Queensland.
“I’d like to thank our state’s hardworking volunteers and wish them a merry Christmas for their dedication in keeping this initiative alive in Queensland communities, benefitting drivers and their families.”
The Driver Reviver program will celebrate its 30th year in 2020, having been run by volunteers, funded by sponsors, and supported by the Queensland Government.
The Queensland Driver Reviver program is coordinated by Transport and Main Roads as part of the national program sponsored by the Toll Group, The Arnott’s Foundation, Bushells and Sunshine Sugar.
Anyone interested in volunteering at a Driver Reviver site is encouraged to contact a local road safety advisor.