Friday, December 31, 2010
Driver Reviver and Journey Fatigue
New South Wales police have released footage of a sleepy motorist narrowly escaping a head-on crash with a police car when she drifts to the wrong side of the road. Police are using the footage released yesterday to highlight their message that motorists should stop, revive and survive. The video starts with a view from the front of a patrol car cruising the Golden Highway in the Hunter Valley.
Where the road ahead curves right, an oncoming car appears travelling on the wrong side of the road. The Senior Constable driving the patrol car veers right, avoiding the oncoming car. Police say the 66-year-old female driver later admitted to having a micro sleep.
Police Minister Michael Daley says fatigue accounts for almost 20 per cent of all fatal car accidents. "Watch out for the signs: drowsiness, dry eyes, yawning," he said.