THE DANGERS OF HAVING A MICROSLEEP.

The dangers of having a microsleep. See the original article here – http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/geared/your_driving_skills/staying_safe/freaky_sleep.html Most people view a good night’s sleep as a long period of unconsciousness. However if you visit a Sleep Laboratory on a Saturday night, the researchers there will be hard at work to prove this simple notion wrong. The Professor of Psychiatry at the Flinders University of South Australia, Leon Lack, says the truth of a decent night’s sleep is more like a hair-raising show ride. Professor Lack is at the forefront of pioneering research into sleep and all its vagaries. He’s responsible for the Sleep Research Laboratory…

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…

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

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…