The KGB will save Australian lives

Doing business with Russia is not everyone’s cup of zavarka. But when your business partner is a nuclear physicist whose uncle is a Russian general, and your product is linked to a former spy network, you are probably ready for most potential bilateral challenges. StopSleep was created by Russian Alexander Levenstain using technology found in KGB lie detector polygraphs to detect if a motorist is drowsy. “If your state recovers, it turns off; if your state doesn’t change, it escalates.” Levenstain invented the device after his son, a passenger in his car, saved his life when he fell asleep at the wheel.   How will…

Driver fined $900 for crash

CORI Castle had worked a 12-hour night shift when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashing his Commodore into a parked car, then ploughing through a steel fence. The apprentice boilermaker was heading for home when the crash happened on April 10 at Boyne Island. Prosecutor Snr Const Sam Pyke told Gladstone Magistrates Court the vehicle mounted a kerb, knocked over a road sign then struck a parked vehicle, with the impact turning it 180 degrees. Magistrate Mark Morrow said that by driving when fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel, Castle had ended up causing a lot…

Driver’s micro-sleep led to crash

FATIGUE was behind a crash on the Capricorn Highway in April, which saw two trucks nearly collide head-on. The driver of one of the vehicles, Mirjana Veljanoska, faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with driving without due care and attention. On April 10 at 6.30am, Veljanoska had been driving on the Capricorn Hwy when fatigue began to take over. The court heard she had been driving since 1am from Airlie Beach. The truck she was driving crossed the middle lines of the highway and veered into the path of an oncoming truck. The court heard that by the time she knew what…

Ignoring fatigue costs teen driver $750

This driver only had four hours’ sleep.             He was tired and knew he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. Robson, 17, was lucky to escape injury when he crashed the LandCruiser he was driving into a creek on Lakes Creek Rd, Nerimbera, on Saturday, March 21.   Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care and attention. The court heard when police were called to the crash, Robson told them he had fallen asleep at the wheel. He told them he only had four…

Driver fatigue causes fourth crash

STANTHORPE emergency services have been pushed to the limit this week attending their fourth traffic accident in as many days on the Granite Belt this morning. A man was transported to the Stanthorpe hospital after running off the New England Hwy at Wrecker Lane, Severnlea at around 6.45am. Sr Sgt Mark Ireland said preliminary investigations suggest the Warwick man fell asleep at the wheel on his way to work at Wallangarra this morning. This follows a spate of traffic accidents on Tuesday where fire and…