Deadly Tour – the sobering facts of Drivers Fatigue

“I just thought I was exempt from all of that stuff.” Damian said of his band’s tour van being involved in a near fatal accident caused by drivers fatigue with him behind the wheel. “I don’t drink, I never party – everyone knows that. I’m always the go to DD (designated driver).” Yet after a long cross country tour with his band this past month, Damian learned he might as well have had a few drinks – that the severity of his drivers fatigue rivaled that of a legally drunk person. The contributing factors of poor sleep, late shows and long…

Warning Signs – how to identify driver-fatigue before its too late.

Driver-fatigue is responsible for around 20% of fatal road accidents every year, and in severe single crashes in rural areas as much as 30% according to a study done by VicRoads – Road Accident Facts Victoria. True Cost In an Australian Federal Government inquiry – Beyond the Midnight Oil, Managing Fatigue in Transport – the cost of people not getting proper rest and being unfit behind the wheel as a direct result has translated into over $3 billion in managing driver-fatigue related road accidents every year. Not All Designated Drivers are Created Equal You…

Finals – Driver-Fatigue Failure.

The shuffling of feet and hushed voices quiets down at the sound of the second bell – everyone settles into their desks for final exams. The atmosphere is tense and in these last few days before summer break – before high school comes to a close there is excitement palpable and a nervous energy for all that is yet to come. Amongst this typical classroom scene of heads bowed down in strained focus, there is one piece missing the instructor notices after attendance call – one student is missing. No…

Deadly Drivers – Road Risks caused by Driver Fatigue.

“The cost of living is just too high right now –“ Jon a truck driving NSW local says “if you get called for a job and you’ve only just come from one with a few hours sleep it isn’t smart to say no.” It’s in this atmosphere of a tense economy and declining jobs that beggars can’t be choosers – or sleep deprived potentially dangerous drivers can’t afford to skip a shift to pay off a sleep debt while real financial debt looms. Driver fatigue is responsible for one third of road deaths every year. The sheer size…

All you need to know about Deadly Driver-Fatigue

16.6 percent of extremely fatal road crashes (in 1998) were caused by driver fatigue in Australia. Especially in the Northern Territory – citing the highest rate per 100 million vehicle kilometers travelled. Within the individual States and Territories New South Wales comes out on top with the highest 22% rate of fatal crashes involving driver fatigue. Who is at risk? According to a study conducted by Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB): Males under 29 years of age – were responsible for the highest rate of early morning deadly driver fatigue between the hours of midnight and 6am. Drivers over the…

Driver fined $900 for crash

CORI Castle had worked a 12-hour night shift when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashing his Commodore into a parked car, then ploughing through a steel fence. The apprentice boilermaker was heading for home when the crash happened on April 10 at Boyne Island. Prosecutor Snr Const Sam Pyke told Gladstone Magistrates Court the vehicle mounted a kerb, knocked over a road sign then struck a parked vehicle, with the impact turning it 180 degrees. Magistrate Mark Morrow said that by driving when fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel, Castle had ended up causing a lot…

Ignoring fatigue costs teen driver $750

This driver only had four hours’ sleep.             He was tired and knew he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. Robson, 17, was lucky to escape injury when he crashed the LandCruiser he was driving into a creek on Lakes Creek Rd, Nerimbera, on Saturday, March 21.   Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care and attention. The court heard when police were called to the crash, Robson told them he had fallen asleep at the wheel. He told them he only had four…

Driver fatigue causes fourth crash

STANTHORPE emergency services have been pushed to the limit this week attending their fourth traffic accident in as many days on the Granite Belt this morning. A man was transported to the Stanthorpe hospital after running off the New England Hwy at Wrecker Lane, Severnlea at around 6.45am. Sr Sgt Mark Ireland said preliminary investigations suggest the Warwick man fell asleep at the wheel on his way to work at Wallangarra this morning. This follows a spate of traffic accidents on Tuesday where fire and…

Driver Fatigue Crash Reported

Sleepy driver blamed for five-car pile up on Sydney Harbour Bridge A driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a taxi causing a five-vehicle pile-up and traffic chaos on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning (25th February 2015) A woman allegedly fell asleep at the wheel causing a five-car pile up on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Police confirmed the woman, thought to be in her mid-30s, dozed off before drifting her van into oncoming traffic just before 7am. The crash immediately closed off four lanes of traffic as police and ambulance services arrived. The crash created queues all the way back to the City West Link near Ashfield, the Gore Hill Freeway to Willoughby, past the Spit Bridge to the north and past the Gladesville Bridge from the north-west. Read more