Beware time spent at wheel

DRIVER fatigue causes almost 20 per cent of the annual NSW road toll, according to the Roads and Traffic Authority, which is this Easter urging motorists to take advantage of a free hot cup of tea and a biscuit at one of the 100 community driver-reviver sites in the State.

As well as a cuppa, local volunteers will be on hand at the reviver stops between April 1-16 to offer advice about road conditions, places of interest and places to stay.

Driver fatigue last year caused one-in-five fatal crashes on NSW roads with the majority of fatigued drivers involved in fatal crashes being male.

The risk of a fatal fatigue crash is highest between 10pm and 6am when your body’s circadian rhythms are programming you to sleep – four times greater than for the rest of the day.

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.

Double-demerit points apply to all speeding and seat belt offences from today until Monday.

“Motorists need to be aware that Thursday, April 1, is a school day and additional demerit points will apply to offences recorded during school zone times,” an RTA spokesperson said.

Stay up to date with traffic reports by tuning in to local radio stations or call 132 701 for traffic updates.

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