To steal a phrase from David Letterman; “I wouldn’t give my troubles to a monkey on a rock.” Busy craziness, anyway…
I recently joined a listserv pertaining to child death review. I have gotten interesting information on several topics and so it seems like it will be a good source of stuff (unlike some others I have joined and quit). The other day I got a notice about an upcoming “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week”, November 5-11.
According to studies, being awake for 17 hours impairs your judgment, coordination, and reaction time comparable to a blood alcohol of 0.05. Having seen some crashes and death related to driving drowsy, I can easily believe that that is the case. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that there are 1550 deaths and 71,000 injuries in crashes related to driving drowsy each year.
Drowsiness-related crashes are most common in teens and young adults who have the propensity to sleep too little and drive at night. So it is particularly important to get this information to them, let your teens know. Also keep it mind for yourself. You are only human. You can only push yourself so far.
Driving drowsy kills just as surely as does driving drunk.