Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Drowsy Driving Has Same Effect on Los Angeles Motorists As DUI

A new study confirms that driving while fatigued or sleepy has the same effect on a motorist as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety also indicates that drowsy driving may be much more prevalent in the American population than we know. For instance, the study showed that 41% of all respondents had driven fatigued at least once. Besides, the study indicates that one in six of all fatal car accidents in the US are linked to drowsy driving.

And yet, there's none of the aggressive legislation against drowsy driving that there is against drunk driving. Every state in the union has laws that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol. However, when it comes to drowsy driving, only the state of New Jersey has laws banning the practice. Even New Jersey's laws ban drowsy driving only when the driver has been without sleep for 24 hours before causing the accident.

It's enough to make Los Angeles DUI attorneys wonder about the difference in the treatment of drunk driving and drowsy driving, even though the latter is on the increase, while accidents related to intoxicated driving have been decreasing steadily over the past decade.

Could it be that drunk driving charges are easier for cops and enthusiastic law enforcement officers to stick on unsuspecting citizens? Breathalyzers are easy to rig, and blood tests can be fudged. Every day in California, hundreds of people are pulled over for unrelated offenses, administered a breathalyzer test and then arrested or charged with DUI. Meanwhile, possibly hundreds of motorists, too sleepy to keep their eyes open, drive by, increasing their risk of an accident with every second they are on the road.

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