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Published: 23 October 2018
Author: Peter Claven
VicRoads and Monash University are running a new research trial that aims to use hi-tech camera devices that scan people’s eyes to gauge their level of fatigue and determine whether they might be too fatigued to drive.
It has been reported that the testing works by scanning and measuring a person’s pupils to detect their level of tiredness.
It’s understood that the trial will run for 12 months and, once completed, it is possible that the technology could become a regular part of road safety to be used by police in much the same way as current alcohol and drug testing.
Along with drink driving and fatigue, the following road toll statistics highlight that fatigue remains a major cause of accidents on Victorian roads.
Since the late 1980s, the TAC has been focussed on raising awareness of the issue of driver fatigue in an attempt to change public behaviour.
The introduction and promotion of driver reviver sites and repeated encouragement for people to pull over and take a break has no doubt saved lives. However, given the statistics it’s clear more needs to be done, and this research initiative may prove to be the next step forward in combatting fatigue related accidents.
The first group of participants is expected to take part in the driving trial next month and the results of the trial are expected to be available by September 2019.
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