This November sees The Ohio Department of Public Safety launching a new campaign against drowsy driving. It seems large numbers of people are getting behind the wheel of their vehicles when there’s a real risk of falling asleep. This is not due to drinking alcohol or taking any legal or illegal substances. Rather it’s the everyday problem of staying too late at work or not getting enough sleep before having to start the commute into work.
How bad is this problem? Well, in 2012, there were 1,415 traffic accidents in which people were injured as a result of drowsy driving. For these purposes, that’s drivers who fell asleep, fainted or found their concentration lacking. When you look at the last three years, this is a 7% increase over 2011, and a 13% increase from 2010.
The moral of this story is for you to pull over and rest if you feel tired. Continuing to drive makes you reckless and, if you are involved in an accident, you will be at risk of criminal prosecution. Your car insurance rates are also likely to rise sharply. It’s not worth the risk of an accident.