Fatigue and Speed

Driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll. Research has shown that fatigue can be as dangerous as other road safety issues, such as drink driving. But unlike drink driving, there are no laws regulating driver fatigue.Public education campaigns are currently the only way to address driver fatigue for car drivers and motorcyclists.

Did you know?

  • Fatigue is one of the big three killers on NSW roads
  • 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
  • Being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on performance as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05

Thinking about hitting the road? Test how tired you might be before you get behind the wheel, get some tips to help avoid driving tired, and share your results with your friends at testyourtiredself.com.au

Burwood Council's Road Safety Officer can host presentations targeting driver fatigue. This includes information about what is fatigue and it's impact on our roads as well as how to avoid being involved in a fatigue related crash.

The 2015 Crash Statistical Data for the Burwood LGA, listed fatigue as the third major cause of injury crashes. If you would like more information contact Council's road safety office on 9911 9974.

Information taken from Transport for NSW - Centre for Road Safety