- February 25, 2015
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In light of the Tracy Morgan lawsuit I thought I, Jeremy Diamond, would address fatigued driving. This often occurs when a person is sleep deprived. Drowsydriving.org states that driving fatigued is almost the same as driving while impaired. Your response time is lessened, you have problems processing information, your mood is affected and your agility is compromised. In the U.S. it is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that at least 2% of all fatal accidents are caused by drowsy driving. This is likely conservative as there is no test for drowsiness as there is definitively for alcohol.
There are laws in place for professional drivers dictating how long they ought to be on the road and how long they should rest. This is extremely difficult to monitor. Those regulations do not exist for private drivers however if you are drowsy and drive you could be charged with among other things careless driving and reckless driving.
The key when driving is to be alert. If you are not alert or distracted or tired you are a danger, end of story. Life is too precious. Do not be responsible for someone’s death. You do not want to live with the guilt for the rest of your life that you prematurely stole someone’s life by drinking, doing drugs, being distracted or being drowsy behind the wheel.