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Rest & Arrive Route 95 Murchison Fatigue Management Project

Grant, J., Parsons, Julie, Pettet, Terri-Anne

Fleet Safety

2001

Driver fatigue is a major factor in road crashes, significantly contributing to road trauma in Western Australia. It is estimated that one third of fatal rural-based road crashes involves driver fatigue.

On Monday 29th November 1999, the Rest & Arrive Route 95 Murchison Fatigue Management Project was launched at Meekatharra by Commander Daryl Balchin APM.

Driver fatigue was identified by Police and the local communities as a vital issue for road safety in the Murchison. The Great Northern Highway is a key road train route for the transportation industry and the road environment is considered to be conducive to driver fatigue, due to the long distances travelled.

This is a community-based project incorporating education, encouragement and enforcement strategies developed by the Cue RoadWise Committee and the Meekatharra District Police, and supported by the Mount Magnet RoadWise Committee.

The objectives of the Rest & Arrive Route 95 Murchison Fatigue Management Project, are to raise motorist?s awareness of the risk factors, warning signs, and preventive behaviours associated with driver fatigue, by providing educational literature and promotional materials to those travelling in the area.

Ongoing implementation of the project is aimed at reducing fatigue related road crashes in the Murchison district on the Great Northern Highway (national route 95) encompassing the towns of Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra.

Preliminary evaluation results suggest that the strategies implemented in Rest & Arrive Route 95 Murchison Fatigue Management Project have been successful in terms of community participation, in raising awareness of driver fatigue and encouraging motorists to adopt fatigue preventive behaviours.