Fit to Drive conference addresses driver impairment

Conference aims to address risky driver behaviour through impairment resulting from fatigue, alcohol, drugs or poor eyesight.

UK road safety charity Brake has organised a conference to take place during September at which delegates will have the opportunity to tackle the problems of driver impairment.

With over 8% of deaths on roads in the UK being attributable to drink driving during 2011, alcohol impairment ramains a serious problem and there is much more that can be done including the screening of fleet drivers. A survey undertaken by Brake recently discovered that more than half of fleet operators surveyed don’t screen drivers for alcohol whilst more than 60% don’t do drug testing.

Other forms of impairment will also fall under the spotlight including both visual and sleep impairment. Tired drivers and those who continue driving after their eyesight has deteriorated pose a significant risk on the roads and are often attributable to driver attitudes.

The conference will introduce the latest research on the topic as well as suggesting means of intervening in both the workplace and general community through effective campaigning, education and enforcement.

Confirmed speakers at the event will include King’s College London’s Dr Kim Wolff of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) drug driving panel to discuss the latest findings and recommendations of the panel and Yvonne Taylor of the North Yorkshire Police who has been studying for a PhD by researching driver fatigue amongst shift workers.

The project sponsor is drug testing specialist Draeger Safety. The company’s diagnostic equipment will be used by police in the UK as an enforcement tool relating to the new law in the country regarding driving under the influence of cannabis.

Commenting on the Fit to Drive event, Brake’s Ellie Pearson said that impaired driving represents an enormous risk and that in order to eliminate this risk, it is extremely important for it to be understood by both road safety and fleet management professionals.

Scheduled for Tuesday the 17th September 2013 and taking place at Sedgley Park Centre in Manchester, the Fit to Drive even has tiered pricing depending on Brake subscription status.

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