HELPING OUT: Volunteers Lindsay Mills and Peter Tobin at the Gladfield Driver Reviver site.
HELPING OUT: Volunteers Lindsay Mills and Peter Tobin at the Gladfield Driver Reviver site. Contributed

Volunteers revive tired drivers over Christmas, new year

GLADFIELD Driver Reviver has been a hive of activity over the Christmas and new year season, with travellers from all over stopping in for a break.

Yangan Police officer-in-charge Nathan Burnett said the site was open from December 21 and closed yesterday.

"We had about 150 volunteers assisting over this period," Senior Constable Burnett said.

"We are one of a few that ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the period."

Volunteers were from community groups such as SES, Rotary, the Lions Club, Southern Downs Steam Railway as well as individual residents.

SES and Driver Reviver volunteer Brad O'Neil said he enjoyed the experience.

"You get to meet interesting people, and can see the difference a rest makes," Mr O'Neil said.

"When people arrive, they look very run down and leave looking much brighter."

Snr Cst Burnett said the supplies were based on serving 500 people per day.

"We have up to 300 a day on average, although some days are quieter," he said.

Snr Cst Burnett said it was a great tool to assist motorists.

"One of the volunteers told me about a fellow who drove from South Australia without taking the necessary breaks," he said

"It's important to stop every two hours to prevent road trauma."

Volunteer Peter Tobin said the experience was quite enjoyable.

"You meet different people from all over, even from over seas," he said.



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