Free cuppa and biscuit at driver fatigue stop in Meckering

road safety adviser Cliff Simpson with Meckering's Korean tourists.

road safety adviser Cliff Simpson with Meckering's Korean tourists.

On 26 August in the town-site of Meckering two Shire of Cunderdin Councillors resolved to hold a Driver Fatigue Stop to raise public awareness of the effects of driver fatigue on Great Eastern Highway.

Research indicates 29 percent of fatal and serious crashes involve fatigue.

Councillors Bernie Daly and Doug Kelly with road safety advisor Cliff Simpson set up at the caravan stop and gave free cuppas to locals and highway travellers.

Between 10am and 4pm 50 visitors had a free coffee and biscuit, and a chat about road safety and anything else on their minds.

“Two of the travellers were from South Korea, and as luck would have it, Cliff had a road safety booklet from Road Safety Commission in Korean,” Cr Daly said.

“They were surprised and very impressed.”

The ‘Guide to driving on WA roads’ booklets were produced in nine languages by the Road Safety Commission and distributed to car hire companies in Perth and also to visitor centres and roadhouses throughout WA.

The Korean visitors bought their own car in Melbourne for their holiday so they had not seen them.

The booklets talk about road rules and hazards to expect in country WA. 

Community organisations can order the guides at the Road Safety Commission and find information for visitors to WA at www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Safety-Topics/Visitors-to-WA

Cliff Simpson is a road safety advisor for West Australian Local Government Authority.