A NSW minister has be lambasted by the truck drivers union for suggesting that drivers should receive “electric shocks” to keep them up.
The minister’s comments came a day after the crash involving a B-Double that slammed into a queue of stationary vehicles waiting at roadworks, killing 2 people.
Melinda Pavey, Roads Minister said union members that weren’t open to discussing new road safety technology had “their heads in the sand”.
As a result of the crash 2 people were trapped for 4 hours and 2 people were killed.
The minister said during an interview on talk radio that in-cab devices should be considered that could recognise when a driver was losing concentration and give them an electric shock if they look away from the windscreen for more than a couple seconds.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) said they found the idea of electrocuting drivers offensive and dangerous. They also described the minister as heartless and arrogant. Source: http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/proposal-to-electrocute-drowsy-truck-drivers-in-wake-of-fatal-crashes-slammed/news-story/d69c25f8fe814993848509b6dad40731