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Roads Minister suggests electric shocks for truck drivers

Following a horror summer on NSW roads, the minister responsible has suggested an electric shock system to keep truck drivers alert behind the wheel.

24 people have died in car and truck crashes in the first 17 days of 2018, almost double at the same time last year.

Two people were killed in a horrific seven-vehicle crash in Dubbo earlier this week, sparking calls for new road safety measures.

Speaking with the ABC, embattled Roads Minister Melinda Pavey suggested a unique solution to keep truck drivers focused.

“The technology now is so advanced, a driver can be driving and get an electric shock if they look away from the windscreen for more than two seconds.”

Steve Price speaks with NSW State Secretary of the Transport Workers Union Richard Olsen who believes the proposal is offensive and dangerous.

“I don’t think it serves any great or real need in our industry… it’s over the top.

“Just think about it, you’re driving 70 tonnes of vehicle and goods and all of a sudden you cop an electric shock.

“I would have thought that would scare the Jesus out of anybody, let alone assist safety.

“I don’t see how that works, I’ve not heard of it before and certainly not in favour of it.”

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