Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. HG points out the statistic from the American Sleep Foundation, in reference to the percentage of drivers that admit to driving while feeling drowsy. That number is 50%. Even more shocking, 20% of surveyed drivers admitted that they fell asleep behind the wheel at some point within the past year.
We’re not sure of the exact year in they released the study, but it was no doubt a recent one. But just in 2015, 5,000 people suffered fatal injuries in drowsy driving accidents. Drunk driving cases have been easier to prove, with the advent of breathalyzers. However, driving while asleep or falling asleep is much more difficult to prove.
Drowsy driving is dangerous
Behind the wheel, 18 straight hours of being awake has the same effect as somebody that were legally drunk. Sleep is vital to our normal functioning as human beings, and lack of sleep can be dangerous in so many ways – especially behind the wheel.
So far, New Jersey is the only state so far that passed legislation regarding drowsy driving.
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