Road Fatigue

One of the three biggest killers on NSW roads

Fatigue kills; statistics

  • Being awake for more than 17 hours has a similar effect as having a blood alcohol rating of 0.05
  • fatigue-related crashes are twice as likely to be fatal - drivers who are asleep can't brake
  • In 2012 more people in NSW died in fatigue-related crashes than drink driving crashes
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Fatigue is more leathal than speeding

There are no laws regulating driver fatigue. HPI's are currently the only way to address driver fatigue for car drivers and motorcyclists.

Any driver no matter how experienced, can lapse into a "micro-sleep" without realising. This may only last a few seconds, but the car may travel 30 or 40 meters unmanned, and then it takes 40 meters to fully brake depending on how fast the driver is traveling.

Driver fatigue accidents typically involve a single vehicle that departs the driving lane and collides with another object, such as a tree or another vehicle. The driver is often alone, having been driving for multiple hours, often between midnight and 6am. The consequences of these accidents are often more fatal than speeding or drink driving accidents because the drives can't brake if they are asleep.

Not drunk, Not speeding, Just tried.

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This graph shows that young people are the most "at risk" for fatigue related crashes.