Sleepless nights ahead for Olympic fans

Tomorrow marks the beginning of two weeks of sleepless nights as we tune in to cheer on our Aussie athletes competing at the Olympic Games.

The 12 and a half hour time difference between South Australia and Rio de Janeiro means live television coverage will generally run from 9.00pm through to lunch time the following day.

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is encouraging all bleary eyed Olympic fans to be careful when behind the wheel as the late nights and early mornings take their toll.

MAC Acting General Manager Road Safety, Megan Cree said driving while tired and fatigued can be just as deadly as drink driving or speeding.

“Being awake for 17-19 hours is the equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of approximately 0.05 per cent.

“Fatigue is estimated to be a contributing factor in around 30 per cent of fatal crashes and 15 per cent of serious injury crashes.

“Also fatigue related crashes are often more severe as driver reaction times are delayed.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility so if you plan on having a late night of Olympic viewing please plan ahead, make alternative transport arrangements and don’t drive fatigued,” said Ms Cree.

Anna Meares – Motor Accident Commission Road Safety Ambassador

MAC Road Safety Ambassador Anna Meares will be doing all South Australians proud as she competes in her fourth Olympic Games.

“Anna is not only a champion of the track, she champions safe road cycling and we feel very privileged to have her as an ambassador for our Be Safe Be Seen campaign,” said Ms Cree.

Anna will be competing in three track cycling events, the Keirin Women, Sprint Women and Team Sprint Women.