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Drive revived, stay alive
THE latest national road safety
initiative, Toll Driver Reviver, is
urging motorists to watch for signs
of fatigue these school holidays.
Around 20 per cent of all crashes involve
driver fatigue, and notably almost 30 per
cent of those fatigue-related deaths occur
during public and school holiday periods,
when people are more likely to drive later
at night after social occasions or rush to
get to commitments.
Toll Group managing director Brian
Kruger said motorists are urged to
watch for signs of fatigue, such as
distraction and restlessness, and take a
break before it's too late.
Research shows that a person who
has been awake for 17 hours faces the
same risk of a crash as a person who
has a blood-alcohol concentration
reading of 0.05 per cent.
This risk is then doubled if the person
has been awake for more than 24 hours,
with fatigued drivers therefore seven
times more likely to have an accident,
compared to a person with a zero blood-
alcohol level and who is not fatigued.
Toll Driver Reviver is a national
community program, offering drivers
rest sites along popular tourist routes.
GROWING up as a child, I was
taught to cherish the small things,
to slow down and savour each
My parents emphasised the value
of appreciating the experience at
hand, before rushing ahead to the
So, with a belly full of rich,
festive treats and quality time
spent with family and friends, my
heart was filled with thankfulness
as I basked in the spirit of
But just a day after I stuffed
myself silly with ham and seafood,
Woolworths outlets began rolling
out hot cross buns -- more than 100
days out from Easter.
There's just something a bit sad
Don't get me wrong, I love a
delicious raisin-filled treat, but
these buns are more than food
-- they're important symbols that
mark the special holidays on our
Traditionally, hot cross buns are
eaten on Good Friday, but, these
days, buns are in shops as soon
as the Christmas stock is marked
Rolling out hot cross buns year-
round is killing the excitement and
magic of these special holidays.
What's more concerning, is we're
the ones choosing to feed the
supermarkets' drive for sales and
money, being a nation sucked
into this consumerist, 'must-have'
While there's no denying the
supermarkets have a role to play,
it's unlikely they would sell hot
cross buns at Christmas time if the
demand wasn't there.
In fact, many shoppers thanked
the supermarket giants, via social
media, for getting a head start on
the next festive season.
As far as I'm concerned, it's like
opening your Christmas presents
early, or celebrating your birthday
weeks before -- it's just not right.
Let's savour the moment at hand,
before rushing ahead to the next
In my opinion...
FIERCE DEBATE HAS ERUPTED AFTER WOOLWORTHS AND COLES OUTLETS
STARTED STOCKING HOT CROSS BUNS JUST A DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, AND
MORE THAN 100 DAYS OUT FROM EASTER. BUNYIP JOURNALIST LAURA TILLEY
EXPLAINS WHY BOXING DAY IS TOO SOON TO SELL THESE FESTIVE TREATS.
Noah Hayward Ralston, ﬁrst born son of Dianne Halse and Gavin Ralston, of Sandy Creek. Noah was born
November 25, 2016.
VULNERABLE South Australians are
encouraged to register for a free phone
service that will check on their welfare
during periods of hot weather.
The Red Cross Telecross REDi
service is activated by the Department
for Communities and Social
Inclusion (DCSI) during periods
of very hot weather, and involves
trained volunteers phoning registered
clients to check on their safety and
wellbeing, and link them to further
support and assistance if required.
Vulnerable people, which can include
older people, people with a disability,
those experiencing mental illness,
people recovering from illness or
accident, or anyone with an ongoing
illness, are particularly at risk.
Anyone who may be isolated or at
risk during extreme heat can register
for the Telecross REDi service by
phoning 1800 188 071 or 8100 4510, or
Heat check-up service
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