Drowsy Driving Similar to Drunk Driving

Drowsy Driving Similar to Drunk Driving

According to the CDC, every year 6000 people die as a result of driving while drowsy.  My son lost two friends during college as the friends tried to drive home late one night so that they could be with family for Thanksgiving.  What a tragedy! 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted their findings of how drowsy driving can lead to accidents.  One notable fact is that being awake for 18 hours was equivalent to having a blood alcohol content of 0.08, which is technically drunk driving.  This leads to slower response times, reduced alertness, reduced judgment, and some actually fall asleep at the wheel.  So, who is more likely to be driving while drowsy?

  • Those who have not had enough sleep

  • Those with undiagnosed sleep disorder

  • Shift workers

  • Commercial truck drivers

  • People on medications that have a sedative effect

  • Those who have had alcohol

     

    The CDC stresses that if you are driving and begin to show signs of being sleepy, pull over or switch drivers.  Missing an exit may be a sign of drowsiness as alertness becomes impaired.  Don’t risk it.  Pull over in a safe area as soon as it is feasible.  Twenty minutes of rest may be enough to resume driving, but you will need to judge that yourself.  It’s not worth “pushing it”, and could result in your death, or the death of another innocent driver.  So, follow the CDC’s recommendation of assuring proper rest before travel, take breaks, and stay alert.  When needed, switch drivers or take enough of a break to be safe.  Please consider sharing this with loved ones and friends.  It may save a life!

     

    http://www.teendriversource.org/stats/support_teens/detail/65

    http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/drowsy-driving-infographic.pdf

     

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