Take a break on State this Labour weekend

20 October 2011

A long weekend, rugby, celebrations for some… commiserations for others… either way State is warning drivers to take care while driving and to be aware of signs of driver fatigue which can contribute to some of the carnage that takes place on our roads.

State is taking action to raise awareness of driver fatigue, and to combat its symptoms, by once again hosting State Driver Reviver rest stops at key locations around the country.

State’s executive general manager Mary-Jane Daly says that long weekends away with family and friends are a Kiwi institution.

“We’re urging travellers to stay safe on the roads by taking plenty of breaks and avoiding driver fatigue.

“Our roads are always busy on long weekends and this coming Labour weekend will be no different, particularly with the Rugby World Cup final match on Sunday!

“Our goal is to help keep individuals, families and communities safe on the roads by making them aware of the danger of driver fatigue,” Ms Daly said.

In 2009 driver fatigue was a contributing factor in:

  • 13 percent of all fatal crashes
  • 7 percent of all reported serious injuries from road crashes

*Figures extracted from Ministry of Transport crash statistics report for the year ending 31 December 2009

Passengers have as much responsibility as the driver to watch out for warning signs of fatigue that may include yawning, poor concentration, tired eyes, restlessness, drowsiness, slow reactions, boredom and over-steering.

To reduce the risk of driver fatigue, State advises drivers to:

  • Make sure you are well rested before starting your trip;
  • Take a break from driving at least every 2 hours;
  • Don’t drive when you would normally be asleep;

State has been operating Driver Reviver rest stops over the Easter and Labour weekends since 2004 with the first rest stop at Lewis Pass in Canterbury. Since its inception State Driver Reviver rest stops have helped over 42,000 travellers stay rested and safe on our roads.