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Lochiel Driver Reviver stop open this weekend

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Community Interest
Date Published  Thursday, March 29 2018
Author  T.A.C.
\Photo"  T.A.C.

Lochiel Driver Reviver stop open this weekend
Volunteers will once again operate the way side stop at Lochiel this long weekend as a Driver Reviver Pitstop on Thursday and Friday.

The Lochiel site, just off the Western Highway five kilometres west of Dimboola, is one of thirty five Easter Driver Revivers throughout the state and specifically is one of seven ‘Pit Stop’ sites.

Driver Reviver Pitstops will feature Sausage sizzle, free barista coffee and games and giveaways for the kids along with providing drivers with the chance to break their drive to relieve fatigue.

The Transport Accident Commission is urging Victorian motorists to take a break and drive to the conditions this Labour Day long weekend, as it steps up its efforts to fight fatigue-related crashes.

Last year, four people died on Victorian roads during the traditionally busy three-day period.

The TAC is encouraging drivers to stop during long road trips and recharge at SES rest stops scattered across the state, which will operate throughout the long weekend.

SES rest stops will operate throughout Victoria, with the TAC setting up Pit Stop sites at a number of the busiest locations, offering free barista coffees, sausage sizzles, prizes, fun family activities and more.

TAC road safety lead director Samantha Cockfield said breaking up a road trip for a rest, or to swap drivers, could be a life-saving choice.

“It’s a sad reality that four people didn’t make it to their destination in Victoria on the Labour Day long weekend last year,” Ms Cockfield said.

“We can’t accept that higher traffic volumes and longer distances traveled results in more devastation on our roads.”

Ms Cockfield said fatigue and speed were two of the major contributors to crashes during busy periods.

“There will be more traffic on the road with people traveling to and from holiday destinations and visiting loved ones,” she said.

“We’re imploring motorists to rest up the night before and allow plenty of time to get to their destinations.”

“On a long road trip you should factor in a rest stop every two hours to swap drivers or recharge – if you’re feeling fatigued, you start to lose focus but you can avoid a tragedy if you take a break.”

TAC Pit Stops will operate at Balmattum and Wedderburn on Friday, and Bacchus Marsh, Marong and Balmattum on Monday.

Motorists who stop at TAC Pit Stops can also learn more about flexible safety barriers being rolled out on Victorian high-risk regional roads and the role they play in reducing serious injuries and death.

The Pitstop experience will be available at Lochiel between 12:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Thursday and between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Good Friday.

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