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Stay safe on the roads

As Victorians prepare to visit family and friends these Easter holidays (April 14-17 2017), drivers are reminded to slow down, stick to the speed limit, and take regular breaks.

With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-ten road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations around the State, often travelling long distances on less familiar roads.

To help keep roads safe over the Easter weekend (April 14-17 2017), the State Emergency Services will be running their Driver Reviver campaign.

The campaign will be out at more than 45 roadside locations across Victoria between Thursday (13 April 2017) and Monday (17 April 2017), offering hot drinks and snacks to encourage drivers to stop, rest, refresh, and arrive safely at their destination.

The Transport Accident Commission Pit Stops will also return to six of Victoria’s busiest rest stops, complete with free barista coffees, sausage sizzles, prizes, and fun family activities.

Pit Stops will operate at Kerang, Dimboola, and Euroa on Thursday (April 13 2017) and Good Friday (April 14 2017), and Marong, Drouin, and Ballarat on Easter Monday (April 17 2017).

Motorists are urged to ensure they are well rested before setting out on a road trip, and give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination, travelling at safe speeds, and stopping every two hours to swap drivers or rest.

Since 2012, 16 people have died on Victoria’s roads over the Easter period (from Thursday to Easter Monday) and 450 have been seriously injured.

For a full list of Driver Reviver locations please visit: www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/driver-reviver/locations.

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