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Stay safe on the roads this Easter holidays

As Victorians prepare to visit family and friends these Easter holidays, drivers are reminded to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks.

With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-ten road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations around the state, often travelling long distances on less familiar roads.

To help keep our roads safe over the Easter weekend, the State Emergency Services will be running their Driver Reviver campaign.

The campaign will be out at more than 45 roadside locations across Victoria between Thursday and Monday, offering hot drinks and snacks to encourage drivers to stop, rest, refresh and arrive safely at their destination.

The Transport Accident Commission Pit Stops will also return to six of Victoria’s busiest rest stops, complete with free barista coffees, sausage sizzles, prizes and fun family activities.

Pit Stops will operate at Kerang, Dimboola and Euroa on Thursday and Good Friday, and Marong, Drouin and Ballarat on Easter Monday.

Motorists are urged to ensure they are well rested before setting out on a road trip and give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination, travelling at safe speeds and stopping every two hours to swap drivers or rest.

Over the past five years, 16 people have died on the state’s roads over the Easter period (from Thursday to Easter Monday) and 450 have been seriously injured.

For a full list of Driver Reviver locations please visit: www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/driver-reviver/locations

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.