Message from the Chief Commissioner

Crime Prevention & Community Safety


Release date: Thu 29 March 2007

Last updated: Fri 22 August 2014

Research has shown that driver fatigue is a contributing factor in up to one third of serious crashes.

You do not need to fall asleep at the wheel to crash. Fatigue can seriously impair your ability to drive safely, well before you nod off.

Often drivers do not realise when they are too tired to drive. Avoid driver fatigue, especially on long journeys, by taking the following steps:

  • Get plenty of sleep before a long drive.
  • Take regular rest stops. When on a break, take a short walk, or stop for refreshments.
  • Make accommodation plans before leaving if you think you may need to stay somewhere overnight.
  • Share the driving with a travelling companion.
  • Take extra care when driving between midnight and 6 am. During these hours, your body is most at risk from fatigue.
  • Limit your speed on long drives.
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