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Fatigue awareness campaign begins nationwide rollout

Heavy vehicle operators have been encouraged to get behind a new fatigue message: Tired? Power Nap Now.

Created by Orange City and Cabonne Shire Council, the Tired? Power Nap Now campaign message will travel across Australia for the month of February.

After surveying truck drivers at pop up events across roadhouses on the Newell Highway, Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, Orange City and Cabonne Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer said that her team had found many drivers had little or no knowledge of what a power nap was, its benefits, or how it could be implemented.

“A power nap is a short sleep intended to quickly revitalise a person, to reduce stress and anxiety and improve concentration and situation awareness,” she said.

“We will be encouraging the heavy vehicle industry to support this campaign through Tired? Power Nap Now branded takeaway cups available at roadhouses and vinyl stickers that can be positioned on the back of heavy vehicles by our skilled contractors at no cost, and at a time convenient for operators,” said Hamilton-Vaughan.

To prevent one of the three big killers on Australian roads – driver fatigue – Orange City and Cabonne Shire Council will also hold the first National Driver Fatigue Week from 21st – 27th February.

“We know that drivers out there struggle to keep their eyes open yet keep driving, which often ends with dire consequences,” continued Hamilton-Vaughan.

“This inaugural National Driver Fatigue Week will create greater awareness around the dangers of fatigue for all road users and reduce driver fatigue related crashes on Australia’s roads.”

Tired? Power Nap Now is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

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