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UBC researchers launch whiplash awareness campaign 0

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

Doug Romilly, a University of B.C. mechanical engineering professor, is leading a campaign with his students and fellow researchers to help prevent whiplash injuries. The UBC team is asking for people to submit videos raising awareness about injuries caused by rear-end collisions.

Doug Romilly, a University of B.C. mechanical engineering professor, is leading a campaign with his students and fellow researchers to help prevent whiplash injuries. The UBC team is asking for people to submit videos raising awareness about injuries caused by rear-end collisions.

Doug Romilly’s wife was sitting in her car at a red light five years ago when a pickup truck plowed into the back of the BMW, totalling her vehicle.

“She had her head restraint properly adjusted,” the University of B.C. mechanical engineering professor recalled. “She walked away with no injuries.”

Romilly is part of a group of UBC researchers launching a whiplash awareness video contest on Friday in a bid to cut down on injuries caused by rear-end collisions.

He wants to see videos from both students and professionals that trigger an attitude change in motorists by depicting ways to prevent whiplash with existing technologies.

In the meantime, Romilly and other UBC researchers will keep working on ways to reduce those injuries with high-tech alternatives.

Their adaptive head restraint device uses a sensor to measure the position of the driver’s head before it automatically adjusts the headrest to fit the body of whoever is seated.

Romilly hopes vehicle manufactures will pick up on the unique B.C.-made gadget.

More information about the video contest, which runs through March 1, can be found at whiplashprevention.org. Videos can be submitted to vancouver.24hrs.ca/contest.

 

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