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WA road trauma survivor warns against drowsy driving

Western Australians are not getting enough sleep, with busy lives, shift work and even sleep disorders contributing to a deadly and life-altering risk on our roads.

Cory Payne, one Western Australian living with the consequences of driving while tired, has shared his story as Western Australians prepare to travel around the state over the April school holidays and Easter long weekend.

12 Apr 2019
In 2014, at the age of 17, Cory survived a single vehicle run off road crash near New Norcia in the Wheatbelt.

“I’d done the drive to New Norcia to the farm many times, so I wasn’t too worried, just relaxing,” said Cory.

“Apparently I didn’t see a slight little right turn, so when I went off I was straight into the gravel.”

Cory’s ute crashed into a tree, his upper body was pinned to the passenger side of the vehicle and he had suffered serious head injuries.

“All I remember is accepting death and then it was all black for a bit,” said Cory.

“I had to learn everything again, walk, talk, eat, shave, brush my teeth, I mean absolutely everything.

“Young people think we’re invincible, even bulletproof, but I tell them I’m proof that we’re not.

“Just be bloody careful because you don’t know what you’re going to lose until you’ve lost it, it’s not worth the risk.

“And you don’t want to end up like me.”



Find out how more about fatigue and drowsy driving on the Road Safety Commission website.
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