Drowsy driving is dangerous, yet many drivers believe they can push themselves to the limit. Unfortunately, this approach only puts their lives in jeopardy.
This week, two drowsy drivers crashed their cars in Franklin County. And the accidents happened within a 20-minute window.
On Tuesday, a 51-year-old man from Florida nodded off at around 3:30 p.m. while behind the wheel of his Dodge Durango. He was traveling east on Interstate 182 when he allowed the SUV to veer into oncoming traffic. The Durango eventually hit a semi pulling a trailer, sending the man to the hospital.
The semi driver did not suffer any injuries.
The second accident happened a little while later. It involved an 18-year-old who allowed his vehicle to veer off the road while on Highway 395. As a result, the Cadillac Escalade rolled off the road.
Both drivers got citations for second-degree negligent driving.
If you’re going to drive for long periods of time, you should never allow drowsiness to take over. The only way to do so is to get the rest you need when you need it.
If you’re driving and you get tired, pull over to a safe spot where you can stop your car and take a nap. If traveling long distances and hours, have a second person in the car who can take over for you if you’re tired.
Much like distracted driving, drowsy driving makes it difficult for drivers to react to issues that arise, as drivers become slow to respond. If you’re serious about your safety and the safety of others, you will never allow yourself to drive while tired.
Be a responsible driver by never drinking and driving, allowing distractions to take your attention away from the road, and drowsiness to set in. Stay focused.
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