Rest or rest in peace: RACQ

Motorists driving between Moranbah and Clermont will be able to take advantage of a new rest area following upgrades to the Peak Downs Highway.

The State Government announced the $1.3 million project meant both heavy vehicles and other motorists could use the rest area, located near the Wuthing Road intersection, with other amenities also installed.

“The Peak Downs Highway is a major freight route from Mackay to the Bowen Basin, and we wanted to create more opportunities for heavy vehicles to pull over and take a break,” Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said.

RACQ’s Principal Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said more rest areas were important and was something members had called for.

“In a recent survey, members said providing more rest-stops for drivers was the popular method to help reduce driver fatigue,” Mr Tucker said.

“It’s great to see new and upgraded rest area facilities being completed in Queensland. Fatigue is one of the fatal five, being one of the five deadliest causes of crashes.

“To avoid fatigue, drivers should be resting every two hours for at least 15 minutes, and you shouldn’t be driving for longer than 10 hours per day.”