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Combating drowsy driving

Florida drivers may be able to use a device that will shock them with an electric pulse to keep them awake. This may reduce the number of people who are killed every year in the United States by individuals who are driving while drowsy.

Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of fatal accidents occur annually in the United States due to drowsy drivers. Things like energy drinks, loud music and coffee only serve to as temporary solutions to making drivers stay awake. The developers of Steer, a device that vibrates and shocks when a driver dozes off, believe their invention is a better option. It is being financed through a crowdfunding platform.

There are two sensors in the device that can identify changes in the wearer's sweat secretion and heart rate, which are biometric indicators of when someone is becoming tired. The device records the two biometrics when it is first put on. If the heart rate falls lower than 10 beats each minute and the skin conductance lowers by one unit from the baseline, the device emits a vibration. If there are further reductions in the heart rate and skin conductance, the Steer will emit a mild shock.

People who have been injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of another driver often have to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatment, during which they are unable to earn a living. Motorists have a duty of care to their passengers and to occupants of other vehicles, and driving when sleep-deprived could be a breach of that duty. Victims of an accident caused by a drowsy driver might want to have the help of a lawyer in seeking compensation for their losses.

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