SES volunteers Joe Sparks (left), Jeanette Marriott and Gerry Burnage will be working on the driver reviver program.
SES volunteers Joe Sparks (left), Jeanette Marriott and Gerry Burnage will be working on the driver reviver program.

Drivers urged to 'stop, revive, survive'

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au NORTH Coast motorists are urged to use driver reviver stops these Christmas holidays, after four people died on local roads in the past week.

So if you spot people in bright orange suits on the side of the road over the next fortnight or so, pull over for a cuppa and chat.

It is likely they'll be SES volunteers, who are out to help keep people like you safe this festive season. "It's important you stop for a break, so you don't become a fatality, or a statistic," SES volunteer Joe Sparks said.

"Just stop for a cup of tea or coffee or a cold drink, and have a chat."

The driver reviver stops will be operated by community organisations such as the SES from now until the first week in January.

There will be rest stops at Ballina, the Brunswick Valley, New Italy, Grafton, Tabulam and Woolgoolga, and throughout the State.

Driver reviver coordinator Jeanette Marriott said truck drivers were also encouraged to make use of the free beverages, snacks and information packs on offer.

"It's good to break up a long drive," she said.

Meanwhile, the RTA is warning motorists to expect delays on the Pacific Highway this festive season.

"Traffic on roads, like the Pacific Highway, to popular holiday destinations increases by up to 50 per cent during the holidays," a spokesperson said.

"In particular, it is expected Boxing Day will be extremely busy. We urge all motorists to be patient and take care.

"Driver fatigue is a factor in one in five crashes on NSW roads; so for the safety of your family and other motorists, take the advice of the experts, and stop every two hours for a break."

To help reduce traffic congestion, all project construction work on the Pacific Highway will close down over the Christmas period and work will resume progressively from January 7.



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