RM Williams is now a Driver Reviver
THE RM Williams Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold is already a regular stopping point for tourists on the inland trail.
Whether it be to learn more about the RM story, buy some handmade local souvenirs or pull up stumps for the night in a caravan.
However, there is now another reason for the weary traveller to stop in for a while, with the centre announcing it is now the site of a Driver Reviver, serving free tea, coffee and biscuits to help refresh motorists.
The site, which has been in operation since around Easter, is the result of a pilot program being delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in partnership with Toll Group and Tourism and Events Queensland to install Driver Reviver sites into Visitor Information Centres located in "driver fatigue zones”, according to the department.
The centre's Driver Reviver will operate from 8.30am-4.30pm on weekdays, 10am-2pm on weekends, and on most public holidays.
North Burnett Regional Council economic development manager Melanie Lavelle-Maloney said the centre's site differs from ordinary Driver Revivers, which are typically only open on long weekends and public holidays.
"Council saw the addition of the Driver Reviver site as an opportunity to not only assist in keeping our roads safe but as a perfect opportunity to showcase our naturally beautiful North Burnett region to all who pull in and have a cuppa,” she said.
However, the initiative is still not well-known: both Marshall Langston and Dot Hamilton, who are involved with the Friends of RM volunteer group, were unaware of the initiative.
A spokeswoman for the centre said they are waiting on signs to be delivered by the department alerting passing motorists to the Driver Reviver status of the centre.
The department said Driver Revivers will be judged by the number of motorists who stop in, feedback from visitors, and the impact on road safety in the region.
The two other Driver Reviver in the North Burnett is on the Burnett Highway at Black Stump Rest Area near Mundubbera and Lions Park in Monto.
Driver fatigue facts
- Fatigue is a major contributing factor to fatal road crashes, but the exact number of crashes involving fatigue may currently be under-reported.
- International research suggests that between 15-30 per cent of all road crashes are caused by drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Research also suggests that fatigue is more likely to be a contributing factor in crashes which have involved long trips, long periods of non-stop driving and trips during normal sleeping times when the driver has not had sufficient sleep.
- Drivers who have sleep disorders, take medication, are driving alone or are driving on long rural roads are also at higher risk of being involved in a fatigue-related crash.
- High-risk times for fatigue-related crashes appear to be mid-afternoon and between midnight and dawn.
- Driving on less than five hours' sleep in the previous 24 hours raises the risk of having a crash threefold.