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New Prototype Device Alerts Driver’s When They are Driving Drowsy

Driving drowsy is a serious problem for our country.  In the US alone drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel are responsible for an estimated 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Similar to drinking and driving, impaired judgment is one of the most challenging aspects of the fatigued driving problem.  Most fatigued drivers don’t realize they are impaired.

A new device called U-Wake is a wearable biomonitor that aims to combat the dangers of driving while fatigued. The headband monitor syncs with a smartphone and tracks brainwaves to detect when the driver is too tired to drive. When the driver’s EEG readings reach a certain critical point, it sets off an alarm on the phone that alerts the driver that it is time to take break. It can also be set to send an alarm to selected family and friends, who can then contact the driver and encourage or help with making the safest decision.

As Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers we know that no one intends to fall asleep behind the wheel.  However,when a person who is too tired makes the decision to drive their car anyway, they are just as liable in putting other drivers on the road in danger as the person who makes the decision to drive even though they have been drinking alcohol, or the person who is reading and sending text messages while driving.

In an effort to educate the public about driving while fatigued the Virginia State Police offer several tips for preventing drowsy driving. Here are a few steps drivers can take to remain alert, even when driving late at night or early in the morning.

 Working less than a full day if you plan a long drive after finishing your workday.

  •  Traveling with passengers.
  • Stopping often at rest areas and napping briefly when necessary.
  • Understanding that coffee, caffeinated sodas and energy drinks provide only short relief from fatigue and cannot substitute for actual sleep.


Randall E. Appleton
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