RACV is calling on Victorians to take special care this Easter, as changes to regular routines can put people at greater risk. With many people travelling across the state, it is important to be aware of the dangers both on the road and in the home.
Fatigue is a major factor in one in five fatal crashes on Victorian roads. A driver who has not slept for 17 hours faces the same risk of a crash as a person with a blood alcohol content of .05g/100ml, the legal driving maximum for fully-licensed drivers. Additionally, being awake for 24 hours makes a driver seven times more likely to crash, the same risk as someone who is double the legal alcohol limit.
RACV General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, Bryce Prosser, warns Victorians of the dangers of driving while fatigued, and to watch out for tell-tale signs including constant yawning, sore or heavy eyes and difficulty remembering the last few kilometres.
“Fatigue while driving can be caused by a lack of quality sleep the night before, as well as driving at a time when you would normally be asleep. This warning is particularly important over the short Easter break, when many people are trying to maximise their time away by embarking on late-night and early-morning journeys,” said Mr Prosser.
“Victorians travelling over the Easter break should plan their trips in advance, allow for regular breaks and share driving where possible. RACV encourages people to consider whether it’s best to wait until the next morning to hit the road rather than driving late into the night,” said Mr Prosser.
This Easter break, it is important Victorians take the necessary steps to ensure their homes are safe and secure if they are going to be away.
“While away over the Easter break, there are a number of steps Victorians can take to secure their home. It is a good idea to give the impression that there is someone home by setting timers for lighting to switch on at night,” said Mr Prosser.
“People should always lock all windows and doors, especially when away for a few days, as unlocked side and rear doors are the most common entry points for burglars. Garden tools and ladders should be locked away, as thieves may use anything lying around to break into homes,” reminded Mr Prosser.