ELIZABETH CITY, NC - Many drivers today do not realize or understand the dangerous risk that is drowsy driving or driving fatigue. Drowsy driving slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgement and increases aggressiveness which is why drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. These are the same signs associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and just like driving drunk, drowsy driving can cause mistakes behind the wheel that can injure or kill your or other motorists you share the road with.
Back in 2003, New Jersey passed Maggie's Law, named after a 20-year-old college student was hit and killed by a drowsy driver. This law states that a sleep-deprived driver qualifies as a reckless driver who can be convicted of vehicular homicide and serve jail time. While many states do not have such laws against drowsy driving, the problem has gotten more and more attention over the last few years.
Recently, the AAA Foundation for Traffic found that nine out of every 10 policemen in North America had stopped a driver who they thought was driving drunk, but turned out to be a drowsy driver instead. According to the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, drivers should be aware of these warning signs:
- You cannot remember the last few miles driven.
- You hit a rumble strip or drift from your lane.
- You keep pulling your vehicle back into your lane.
- Your thoughts are wandering and disconnected.
- You yawn repeatedly.
- You have difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open and your head up.
- You tailgate or miss traffic signs.
- You have barely avoided being in an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, drowsiness or fatigue is the principal cause of up to 100,000 police-reported passenger vehicle crashes a year, with 1,500 resulting in death. It is important to understand why drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and that you should never get behind the wheel if you are having a problem keeping your eyes open and staying alert.
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