RACQ warns of silent killer on our roads these holidays
WITH the school holidays officially under way in Queensland, the RACQ took over the Gladfield Driver Reviver site to promote road safety yesterday.
RACQ representative Steve Spalding said the site was chosen due to its location.
"The Gladfield site is about two hours from Brisbane, so it's where people should be stopping for their first 15-minute break," Mr Spalding said.
The RACQ team of 15 included specialists in driver safety, insurance, road engineering and technical advice.
The motoring group also brought its mobile member centre to the site.
Mr Spalding said driver fatigue was one of the fatal five and called the silent killer for a reason.
"If you drive for 17 hours without adequate rest, it is equal to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05, and if you drive for 24 hours it is equal to a reading of 0.1," he said.
"Tiredness can drastically affect your ability to drive safely by reducing your attention level, slowing your reaction time and impairing your judgement.
"Fatigue can quickly creep up on a driver with many not realising how tired they are until it's too late."
Mr Spalding said the promotion was made possible due to the involvement of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The focal point of the event was the impressive mobile member centre, which co-ordinator Keith Cassidy said doubled as a disaster response unit for RACQ insurance and promotional work.
"The centre is on stand-by in Brisbane from December to February for natural disasters," Mr Cassidy said.
"When events like cyclones happen, we get the centre up there so people can come in and lodge their claims.
"It also generates power so it helps people with things like charging mobile phones, and we have water on hand to give out."
Mr Cassidy said the centre took the stress out of stressful situations.