SES getting travellers through long trips

SES will have stations set up state-wide this long weekend to keep drivers at their peak. (supplied)

VICSES volunteers are encouraging motorists to break up their travels at Driver Reviver pop-up sites across the state this Easter long-weekend, in a concerted effort to reduce road trauma over the holiday period.

VICSES volunteers will power around 30 Driver Reviver sites alongside Lions Club, Rotary and RSL members, ahead of anticipated spikes in traffic throughout the weekend, continuing a nationwide tradition which has operated for more than 30 years.

Volunteers will provide free tea, coffee, as well as snacks at a range of roadside rest stops throughout Victoria, promoting fatigue management among motorists travelling to enjoy the Easter break.

VICSES volunteers attended 1,511 road rescues during the last financial year (2022/23), and with 295 lives lost on Victorian roads during the same period, volunteers will this weekend be on high alert to prevent further road trauma.

So far in 2024, VICSES Kilmore Unit volunteers have already attended eight fatal crashes in what has been a horror start to 2024.

Tim Wiebusch, VICSES chief operations officer Tim Wiebusch said fatigue is one of the big killers on Victorian roads, and with lots of families travelling for the long weekend, risk is at its peak.

“To help combat that, our VICSES volunteers run Driver Reviver sites to offer a place for motorists to take a break and enjoy a free coffee, tea or snack,” he said.

“A break to stop, rest and refresh could save your life and your loved one’s lives. As the largest road crash rescue provider in the state, our SES volunteers would much rather give you a free cuppa and have a friendly chat than respond to a motor vehicle accident further down the road.”

This weekend, Driver Reviver sites will be activated by volunteers including at: Balmattum (north and southbound), Bruthen, Cann River, Kerang, Longwarry North, Marong, Maryborough, Lake Cullulleraine (Mildura), Morwell, Newmerella and in the Tambo Valley at Swifts Creek.