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New Blood Test Indicates Driver Fatigue

Posted in General News on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

A new blood test currently being trialled in Australia could be used to detect when a driver's fatigue levels will have a negative impact on their driving. It works by determining when a driver has been awake for 24 hours or more. Government data suggests that as many as one fifth of accidents on UK roads are a result of sleep deprivation.  Professor Clare Anderson, who is working on the trials in Australia, said: “When you look at the major killers on the road, alcohol is one of them, speeding is another, and fatigue is one of them. But even though the solution to fatigue is quite simple, which is to get more sleep, our capacity to manage it is impaired. This is because we don't have tools to be able to monitor it like we do with alcohol.” 

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