Driving under the influence of fatigue may seem like a harsh term, but it is very accurate. A drowsy driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver, at any moment they could pass out behind the wheel. In recent years there was little or nothing law enforcement could do about a fatigued driver.
Times are changing; many states are now prosecuting drivers who cause fatigue related collisions.
New Jersey passed ‘Maggie’s Law’ in 2003. Sleep deprived drivers who cause a fatal accident and were awake for more than 24 hours will be charged with vehicular homicide.
If you are tired, pull over, take a nap. I know that seems unrealistic at times but it sure beats the consequences! If you get into an accident, you’ll wish you had. Don’t use stimulants to help stay awake, remember, what goes up must come down! Do your part to help keep our roads safe.
Fatigue related car crashes do not have to happen and it all starts with you.
Keep in touch and I’ll talk to you next week!