In a bid to curb traffic accidents, the National Highways and Motorway Police has introduced an alarm-like device to keep drivers from falling asleep at the steering wheel, and claims that it will significantly reduce the rate of accidents on the motorway.
The device is designed to be worn on their ears and has sensors that set off an alarm if and when a driver’s head tilts forward due to drowsiness. The alarm is a loud beep that sounds off near the ears of the driver. As reported by a motorway policeman who demonstrated the use of the device in a video, it actually costs Rs. 750 but will be made available for public use at Rs. 300 with the help of an unnamed donor.
The policeman also informed the media that the department will introduce the device in coordination with the traders associations and local administrations. He added that roadside stalls will be placed in each area to sell the device to the public. The motorway police department affirmed that most of the accidents on the motorway are caused by drivers who fall asleep while driving, because of which hundreds of citizens lose their lives on a regular basis. It added that the new devices can be worn by both drivers and passengers to prevent such catastrophes.