The Shire of Collie’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Collie and Roadwise, will be hosting a Driver Reviver station on Coalfields Highway on Monday, 28 September. Driver Reviver is an important community safety initiative that aims to reduce fatigue related crashes by encouraging travellers to take regular breaks in their journey by visiting an operating site.
The Driver Reviver station will be located on the southern side of Coalfields Highway in the truck assembly bay, west of the Wellington Dam turnoff and just inside the Shire’s boundary. The station will be running from 10am to approximately 6pm on the day and will be clearly marked.
Collie receives many visitors over the long weekend in September and it is hoped that people travelling on the Monday will utilise the opportunity to take a break at the station. The station is being manned by local Rotarians, PCYC cadets, 2015 Young Citizen of the Year representatives and members of the committee who will gladly provide you with coffee, tea, water and a biscuit.
Some tips to help reduce the risks of driving tired include planning your journey to take in rest and overnight stops, stopping for at least 15 minutes every two hours and sharing the driving wherever possible. Driving tired is dangerous and fatigue is a contributing factor in up to 30% of fatal crashes on WA roads. Collie Shire President Wayne Sanford encourages everyone to stay safe on the road over the school holiday period. “Spring is a fantastic time of the year to enjoy all that Collie has on offer. The town has wide variety of activities to be enjoyed by all ages and the Council is very excited with the new developments that are transforming the town centre into a vibrant, accessible area. I encourage visitors to come and enjoy Collie however please remain vigilant on the roads over the long weekend and throughout the school holidays – we want you to enjoy our hospitality again!”
The Rotary Club has introduced an initiative whereby members of the public who feel an affiliation with a certain community project being undertaken by Rotary can assist with that project without having to become a member of the club. If you would like to assist with the Driver Reviver project please contact Mark at Rotary on 0417 914 445 or Julie Pelliciari at the Shire on 9734 9007.