Drive to survive

Drive to survive

During the Christmas and New Year break, members of Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Cann River and Orbost Units will be out in force, to ensure drivers get to their destination safely.

VICSES volunteers will host a Toll Driver Reviver rest stop this Friday in Cann River from 7pm to 1am, and next Wednesday (Boxing Day) at Newmerella Recreation Reserve from 8am until late, offering tea, coffee, Milo and water as well as washing windscreens.

“In the last year, VICSES Orbost Unit has attended five road rescues. That’s five too many,” VICSES Orbost Unit Controller, Jim Barnett, said.

“Make sure you take a break and grab a snack at our Toll Driver Reviver rest stop.”

“We’d much rather serve you a cuppa at a Toll Driver Reviver rest stop, than cut you out of your car.”

The national Toll Driver Reviver campaign has been running for more than 20 years, with the aim to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue.

With an estimated 17 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities related to sleep deprivation, it is important to remember to take a break every two hours if planning a long drive.

This initiative offers drivers free refreshments and a safe place to rest. Make sure you pull over and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and a snack with one of our volunteers.

VICSES provides the largest road rescue network in Australia, with specialist teams in 102 of our 149 units across the state.