Tired woman driving a car late at night.
Tired woman driving a car late at night. demaerre

Watch for warning signs on the roads or risk consequences

THIS year has seen far too many fatalities and people seriously injured on Queensland roads, with fatigue being one of the top five factors contributing to motor vehicle accidents.

As our kids head off on school holidays and the traffic ramps up another notch, it's important drivers on the Sunshine Coast watch for the warning signs and avoid driving tired.

There are a number of ways to avoid driver fatigue, including getting a good night's sleep, sharing the driving responsibilities and taking regular rest breaks on long road trips.

As a local road safety advocate, I often see the devastating impacts that distracted driving has on families and the entire community.

It's important we don't allow the stresses and fatigue people often feel at this time of year to negatively impact their driving behaviour.

Driving tired is only one factor affecting road safety, however.

Greater attention to speed limits, not texting while driving, wearing seatbelts, and ensuring you are medically and legally fit to get behind the wheel are also major issues.

We urge all road users to adopt safe road behaviours and take road safety seriously to ensure we all arrive home safely this festive season.

ANDREW MCKENZIE

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Maroochydore



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