Toll and Driver Reviver volunteers have met up with Victoria Police in Marong to urge drivers to take a break on the road over the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend. Toll delivered cups and supplies to SES and Lions Club community volunteers at the Marong site, near Bendigo, who will staff the Driver Reviver site over the weekend.
Marong is one of more than 100 Driver Reviver sites around Australia receiving supplies from Toll for the long weekend. Drivers and their families are invited to stop for a free cup of Bushells coffee or tea and an Arnott’s biscuit, and take a rest to break up their journeys.
Toll spokesperson Royce Christie said being involved as a contributor to Driver Reviver was consistent with the company’s own rules and regulations around fatigue.
“Toll drivers spend more time on Australian roads than anyone else and we are acutely aware of the role fatigue plays in road safety,’ said Christie. “We deal with this every day, so it’s important to help Driver Reviver volunteers spread the message; fatigue on the roads can be fatal.
“We are delivering cups and supplies to sites across the country, so we urge drivers to take a break and have that coffee or tea to recharge the batteries, just as all of our drivers have scheduled breaks in their days.”
Driver Reviver has been in operation for more than 30 years and aims to cut fatigue on the roads at high risk holiday times when more people take longer drives. This Queen’s Birthday long weekend more than 100 sites across the country will be in operation reminding drivers to put safety first and take a break.
Marong local site manager Bob Haigh has been serving coffees at the site for more than 20 years and said his volunteers gladly give up their time to help promote safety.
“The local SES and Lions Club join forces at Marong and not only is it a community message we all feel passionate about, but it’s great to meet and talk to people about their travels through the region,” said Haigh.
“The same would be happening right across Australia at all the sites, people coming together for a common cause, road safety.”