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…