Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has launched a personal road-safety campaign with a clear message to motorists to take breaks when driving this Easter to avoid fatigue.
The MP has put up 10 signs around Waimakariri electorate reminding motorists to drive fresh by taking regular breaks.
“When I was a teenager, I was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a serious crash when the driver fell asleep at the wheel,” Doocey explained. “I was thrown out of the back window. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.
“It is important to remind people that road safety is not only about speed but that fatigue is a big factor in road accidents. I am hoping that when people drive through Waimakariri electorate, they will see my signs and make that decision to plan a break to refresh themselves,” Doocey said.
The MP said he was in hospital for a week following the accident and the experience had made him very aware of the role fatigue played in road crashes. This was a message, he said, that he wanted to share and he has worked closely with the Waimakariri District Council and New Zealand Transport Authority on launching this road-safety message.