According to a recent news article from CBS News, a study from AAA has determined that the risks of driving while drowsy are commensurate with the risks of driving while intoxicated. The study focused on drivers who are not getting enough sleep at night and found that drivers who miss out on as little as two hours of sleep a night are four times more likely to get into a car accident than those who sleep a full seven hours per night.
The article looks at the data but also the story of a woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in a Missouri car accident near the end of his senior year of high school. In that crash, her son was driving during the afternoon when his car skidded across three lanes of traffic until it rolled over and flipped multiple times. The car stopped when it slammed into a tree, and her son was killed. Continue reading