Helping hand for weary drivers

SUPPORT: Jo Le Mura and SES unit controller Michael Knight at the Driver Reviver rest stop in Chiltern on Monday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER
SUPPORT: Jo Le Mura and SES unit controller Michael Knight at the Driver Reviver rest stop in Chiltern on Monday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

DRIVER Reviver stops are proving popular with motorists during the busy Easter long weekend. 

Chiltern SES unit controller Michael Knight was one of 13 people to give up his break to volunteer at the site on the Hume Highway.

He said about 100 people were pulling into the rest stop each hour. 

The idea, which has run since 1990, aims to reduce fatigue. 

"The aim is ensure people have a break every two hours,” Mr Knight said. 

“I've been doing this for six years and it's about giving something back to the community. 

"This is one of the busiest ones I've been involved in.”

Mr Knight said most stopped for 10 to 15 minutes.

“We’d rather they stop and have a cuppa than seen them down the road in an accident,” he said.