Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Inventor Proves to Be a Deep Thinker; Nimbin Man Creates Device to Detect Water on Road

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Inventor Proves to Be a Deep Thinker; Nimbin Man Creates Device to Detect Water on Road

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Byline: Jennie Dell Reporter

REGULAR warnings from emergency services about the dangers of driving into floodwaters have failed to stop some motor- ists charging on regardless.

Despite warning to the contrary, some drivers see water on the road, guess how deep it is, and decide to drive through it a and can get into deadly difficulties as a result.

A Nimbin man has invented a device that will work in any car to detect when there is water ahead and how deep it is.

James Koker was born and bred in Nimbin. He has made his home there with his partner of 12 years and is studying engin- eering at Queensland University of Technology.

His flood activated warning system a FAWS a has the dual purpose of protecting motorists and alerting authorities about flooded roads. It senses water ahead and how deep it is, warning motorists to stop and transmitting the information to emergency services and councils.

aThe old markers on the sides of roads don't do a good enough job,a Mr Koker told The Northern Star. …

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