Bob Wiese

Bob Wiese


    Truck-back warning campaign to help combat driver fatigue

    12/12/1995 12:00 AM



    Trucks will play a key role in a new road safety campaign to combat driver fatigue.


    Police Minister Bob Wiese said driver fatigue was a recognised killer on Western Australian roads, but a timely warning sign on the back of a truck could encourage drivers to play safe.


    Mr Wiese said the signs `Stop - Revive - Survive' would be the first of a series to be produced to provide a mobile road safety message for drivers.


    "There will be 100 of these signs travelling the highways to warn drivers to stay alert to stay alive," he said.


    Mr Wiese said fatigue was a major factor in at least 13 country and five metropolitan crashes in 1994.  A combination of fatigue and alcohol caused eight country and three metropolitan crashes during the same period.


    "It is my strong personal belief that fatigue features in serious and fatal crashes are far higher than the statistics indicate," he said.


    "Long before a driver becomes drowsy, fatigue can seriously impair driving ability.


    "The aim of these posters is to provide a highly visual reminder to drivers that fatigue and driving is a lethal combination - so act immediately."


    Mr Wiese said the Police Service traffic branch had initiated the campaign and the WA Traffic Board had funded the truck back project at a total cost of $6,633. The campaign was fully supported by the West Australian Road Transport Association, which had encouraged members to display the new posters in time for the Christmas road safety campaign.


    "The festive period is a danger period for metropolitan drivers facing long distances to reach holiday destinations," the Minister said.


    "Once fatigue has set in, nothing can improve a driver's concentration and the only solution is to stop, rest and continue on after a short break.


    "Family members or passengers should also assist drivers by warning them of the dangers of fatigue and encouraging them to stop and have a break - a message that could save their own lives."


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