Police roadside blitz, licence, breath test, rego, drugs on the Bruce Hwy.
Police roadside blitz, licence, breath test, rego, drugs on the Bruce Hwy. Tanya Easterby

Could roadside fatigue tests be heading to Queensland?

PEOPLE could soon be tested for driver fatigue in Victoria under a radical plan to lower the state's road toll.

The Herald Sun reports police may soon be able to ask drivers to step into a police van, just as for impairment or drug tests, and take a fatigue test on a camera-based device.

"Victoria Police and the Transport Accident Commission support the concept, and say they are watching closely," the newspaper reports.

Melbourne sleep researchers are now developing an on-the-spot version of "smart-glasses" technology they have tested in the laboratory and in off-road driving simulations.

It would track eye movements, including the duration of blinks and how eyes scan the road, making driver fatigue levels measurable.

It remains to be seen whether Queensland Police will do the same in a bid to lower the road toll.

"We haven't put anything out on it at the moment and haven't said we are considering it," a Queensland Police spokeswomen said.

"It would depend on how it would go somewhere else - it hasn't been discussed at this stage."

A fact sheet on driver fatigue complied by CARRS-Q, Motor Accident Insurance Commission and Queensland University of Technology says that "a driver who has been awake for 17 hours has

a driving ability similar to that of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05, and after 21 hours, similar to a BAC of 0.15."

Driving while fatigued makes up one part of the Queensland Police 'Fatal Five' campaign.

There were 27 fatal crashes in Queensland caused by driver fatigue from January 1 to September 30 2016.



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