For more than a quarter of a century, the Monto Driver Reviver has helped tired travellers take a break and rest with the company of community volunteers like Stan Mason, and married couple Ken and Jan Hutson.
Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the volunteers’ commitment to reduce driver fatigue and help Queenslanders reach their destination safely was outstanding.
“I thank our hard-working volunteers for their dedication in keeping this initiative alive in Queensland communities, benefitting drivers, their families and other road users,” Mr Saunders said.
“Offering a hot drink and cheery conversation, volunteers provide a welcoming and potentially life-saving service for drivers and their families to help break up their drive.
“Sadly, fatigue is a serious cause of road crashes, so it is important to stop when feeling tired.”
Mr Saunders said most Driver Reviver sites across Queensland would be open over the upcoming school holiday period.
“The message is simple: Stop, Revive and Survive,” he said.
“If you are planning a long trip, allow for some extra travel time to pull over at one of our Driver Reviver sites, and let us help you get to your destination safely.”
The Monto Driver Reviver volunteers received a plaque from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), in recognition of the 25-year milestone.
“We are grateful to give back to the community and help continue this great program in Monto,” Mrs Huston said.
The Queensland Driver Reviver program is coordinated by TMR as part of the national program sponsored by the Toll Group, The Arnott’s Foundation, Bushells Tea and Coffee and Sunshine Sugar.
Anyone interested in volunteering at a Driver Reviver site is encouraged to call (07) 4617 7413.
For more information and a list of all Driver Reviver sites, visit www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/holiday-travel/stops/reviver.