Although Australia is on an entirely separate continent than the U.S., our two countries have similarities. We both speak English. We both enjoy Hugh Jackman. And, per an ABC article, we both see the importance of keeping transportation drivers sober and awake.
The DOT rules mean safety
In the U.S., the Department of Transportation (DOT) has implemented strict policies regarding drug and alcohol use. There is no tolerance for such substance use while performing “safety-sensitive” roles. The DOT established rules for many reasons, with the leading motivator being safety.
But an article out of Australia gives us insight into another danger of those behind the wheel.
Last year, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) stated a staggering 3339 road crashes were fatigue related – almost double the number of road accidents caused by alcohol.
It appears as though drowsy drivers caused more accidents than those driving under the influence.
Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Sentiments regarding the dangers of tired driving sound an awful like the reasons for DOT testing.
Employee fatigue across all sectors is a major factor behind on-the-job accidents, absenteeism and lowered productivity. Whether you are behind the wheel, fueling, loading, unloading or just climbing in and out of your truck, fatigue can affect your ability to perform any of these tasks safely and efficiently. A split second mental lapse can cause an accident which can injure or even kill someone so the standard of accountability simply must leave no room for error of judgment.
How to Remedy Tired Driving
The Australian article talks about the measures lawmakers and employers are putting in place to deter tired driving.
Action steps like mandating rest breaks and making sure accurate hour logging takes place are hopeful steps that will curb the high number of accidents related to driver fatigue.
We salute Australia for making drowsy driving a federal issue and putting measures in place to increase the safety of all drivers on the road.
While they may be “down under” – it looks as though when it comes to safety in transportation – they are on top of it.
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