Warning to drivers in holidays

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Motorists are being warned not to risk driving tired this holiday season.

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is urging holidaymakers to take regular breaks during car journeys and to avoid getting behind the wheel straight after a long flight or ferry crossing.

Mike Ashworth, chairman of the partnership’s managing group, said: “If you can’t find someone to give you a lift, you should consider booking a taxi or staying at a hotel near your air or ferry port. Firms often offer cheap deals to those who book in advance.

“You still need to be careful if you’re holidaying in this country – plan regular breaks during your drive and make ‘Better late than never’ your motto.

“Research suggests that almost 20 per cent of crashes on major roads are sleep-related.”