QLD Government commits more rest stops to tackle driver fatigue

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government will soon begin work on more rest areas to combat a growing rate of heavy vehicle fatigue-related

The Queensland Government will soon begin work on more rest areas to combat a growing rate of heavy vehicle fatigue-related accidents in the State.

As part of the Government’s Safer Roads Sooner Program, $54 million will be spent on new rest areas on some of Queensland’s major links.

The move comes amid statistics showing a sharp increase in the number of fatigue-related accidents.

According to Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt, there were 41 fatigue-related fatalities in 2006 which accounted for 12.2 percent of Queensland’s road toll. This figure rose to 65 in 2007, representing 18.1 percent of the State’s road toll.

"The increase in fatigue-related crashes, particularly on key tourism and freight routes, has been alarming," Pitt says.

Rest areas will be constructed on the Cunningham Highway at Warwick, Inglewood and Goondiwindi., several sections in the Dalby area on the Bunya Highway, as well as the Warrego and Mitchell and Peak Downs highways.

Along with building rest areas, Main Roads will also install signs and audible linemarking, and remove roadside hazards as part of the works.
"Main Roads is committed to tackling driver-fatigue issues and new rest areas will help prevent crashes," Pitt says.
"These fatigue statistics are a tragedy that could be avoided."

The fatigue management initiative is one of the 90 new high-priority projects announced in the latest round of Safer Roads Sooner funding which aims to reduce the road toll and the associated huge social and financial impact of road trauma.

"Queensland's road toll is a serious concern and the State Government is committed to addressing it through works such as these," Pitt says.

"While driver behaviour is an overwhelming factor in fatigue-related crashes, Main Roads' improvements to the road environment will help make a difference."

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