The Free Cuppa for the Driver safety initiative celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special event in Forbes last week.
Business owners, road safety officers, police officers, members of the public and representatives from various regional councils converged in Templar Street for the 10-year launch of the program, which runs from 1st March to 21st May.
Road and Safety Officer for the Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shire Councils, Melanie Suitor introduced Inspector Ben Macfarlane from Dubbo. He spoke on the dangers of driver fatigue and the frustration police feel at being unable to police and prevent it.
Forbes Shire Council Deputy Mayor Jenny Webb gave a heartfelt thanks to local businesses supporting the initiative. Kerrie Hodder, owner of the Forbes Bakehouse who has been involved in the initiative for the 10 years that it has been running, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her long running support.
The initiative encompasses 15 Councils and over 80 businesses, and aims to tackle driver fatigue by encouraging drivers to stop and take a break when driving long distances.
Drivers who are travelling 100km or more away from home can claim a free cup of tea or coffee from participating businesses.