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…

Sleep Driving Kills People

Drivers with sleep apnoea using loophole to escape conviction, families of victims say DRIVERS who fall asleep at the wheel — even those who cause death — are getting off without penalty because of a bureaucratic loophole, families of victims say. Lawyers used the so-called “Jimenez defence”, a ruling in the Australian High Court, which holds that people can not be charged for involuntary acts such as sleep. Families who have lost loved ones in…

Driver Fatigue Crash Reported

Sleepy driver blamed for five-car pile up on Sydney Harbour Bridge A driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a taxi causing a five-vehicle pile-up and traffic chaos on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning (25th February 2015) A woman allegedly fell asleep at the wheel causing a five-car pile up on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Police confirmed the woman, thought to be in her mid-30s, dozed off before drifting her van into oncoming traffic just before 7am. The crash immediately closed off four lanes of traffic as police and ambulance services arrived. The crash created queues all the way back to the City West Link near Ashfield, the Gore Hill Freeway to Willoughby, past the Spit Bridge to the north and past the Gladesville Bridge from the north-west. Read more

Facts and Stats.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel! In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. Four percent – approximately eleven million drivers – admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off…

Stop Revive Survive

Watch for the early warning signs The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure you have enough sleep before driving, regardless of the length of your trip. Drivers and motorcyclists can avoid fatigue crashes by recognising the early warning signs: Yawning Poor concentration Sore/tired eyes Restlessness Drowsiness Slow reactions Boredom Oversteering Don’t wait for a micro-sleep – by then it’s too late. Pull over and stop when it is safe to do so, as soon as you experience any of these warning signs. Have a nap (20 minutes works best) or stop for a coffee if you are…

Micro-sleeps mean danger.

A micro-sleep is a brief and unintended episode of sleep. It can cost you your life if it happens when you’re behind the wheel. Characterised by head snapping, nodding or closing your eyes, micro-sleeps commonly occur when you try to stay awake while performing monotonous tasks, including driving. Micro-sleeps can last from a fraction of a second to a few minutes. During a four-second micro-sleep, a car travelling at 100 km/h will travel 111 metres while completely out of the driver’s control. The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure…

What is Micro-sleep?

  Micro-sleeps are brief, unintended episodes of loss of attention associated with events such as blank stare, head snapping, and prolonged eye closure which may occur when a person is fatigued but trying to stay awake to perform a monotonous task like driving a car or watching a computer screen.  These are potentially among the most dangerous consequences of insomnia. Microsleep episodes last from a few seconds to two minutes, and often the person is not aware that a microsleep has occurred. In fact, microsleeps often occur when a person’s eyes are open. While in a microsleep, a person fails to respond…

fatigued truck driver crushed three people to death

Drug-addicted truckie Vincent Samuel George receives minimum 12 years, nine months for Menangle Bridge deaths of Logan parents, son   A DRUG-AFFECTED and fatigued truck driver who crushed three people to death when he lost control of his vehicle has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison. Donald and Patricia Logan, both 81, and their 59-year old…