Road Side Fatigue Tests on the Cards

New technology is being trialled in Victoria to detect fatigued drivers.

The trial which is an Australian first will be undertaken at a controlled test facility in Kilsyth and as part of the trial drivers will be kept awake for up to 32 hours and then conduct 2 hour drives on a controlled track. The drivers will be monitored by qualified instructors in a dual control vehicle.

The drivers will be tested prior to driving and after driving to measure involuntary movement of pupils – strongly linked with fatigue.

According to statistics, fatigued drivers are involved in up to 20 per cent of road crashes in Victoria which is why this trial is so important.

The project is part of an $850,000 investment to see if roadside testing for extreme fatigue can be conducted similarly to roadside testing for drugs and alcohol.

VicRoads is working with Monash University, the Transport Accident Commission, Victorian Police and Alertness CRC on the study.