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Drowsy driving: The dangerous threat rivaling drunk driving

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Auto Accident Injuries |

You may underestimate the hazards of drowsy driving, but it poses a severe threat to road safety. Its dangers are comparable to that of drunk driving. Nodding off while driving can have devastating consequences and may lead to accidents, injuries and even loss of life.

Similarities between drowsy driving and drunk driving

Drowsy driving and drunk driving are two very different issues, but they share similarities. If you operate a vehicle while fatigued or sleep-deprived, you may experience impaired judgment, delayed reaction times and decreased awareness of your actions and surroundings. You may also have an increased tendency to engage in risky behavior.

These actions are like how you might act if you were drunk driving and may significantly increase the likelihood of causing or being involved in a vehicle collision.

Differences between drowsy driving and drunk driving

While drowsy driving and drunk driving share similarities, they have distinct differences that may affect how law enforcers may charge you. Depending on specific factors, law enforcers may consider drunk driving to be a criminal offense, while they may dismiss drowsy driving as a minor issue.

One significant difference between the two is that drowsiness can strike unexpectedly, whereas drunk driving is a conscious choice. Additionally, the effects of fatigue can be more challenging to detect and assess than that of alcohol.

Drowsy driving is a severe public safety threat

While drunk driving rightfully receives significant attention and legal consequences, drivers should not overlook the equally dangerous risks posed by fatigue behind the wheel. By treating drowsy driving with the same urgency as drunk driving, you can save countless lives and prevent accidents from happening. Drivers need to be more vigilant in ensuring they are well-rested and have had enough sleep before getting behind the wheel to keep the roads safer for everyone.


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