You may be surprised to learn that the most likely time of the day to encounter a fatigued driver on Sydney roads is not late at night as many would assume but when the working day is winding down.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the highest number of fatigue related crashes takes place between 2pm and 5pm. This is because during this time of day, tradies and early starters are commuting home and the rush hour overlaps with the school run.
A post on News.com.au shows that fatigue has overtaken drugs and alcohol as the second largest contributor to fatalities on the road, exceeded only by speed.
According to the NSW Centre for Road Safety said last year fatigued driving caused a total of 75 fatal crashes.
While we would never drink and drive,driving after being awake for 17 hours straight is the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.05.