Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Drunk and distracted driving frequently make the highway safety headlines today; however, drowsy driving is just as dangerous and far more prevalent. According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 60% of adult drivers admitted to having driven a car while drowsy in the past year, and more than 35% claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel! Numbers like these indicate a profound lack of understanding for how dangerous it is to drive while drowsy.[1]

To increase awareness of thiscombat this unawareness, the National Sleep Foundation has declared the week of November 6 - 12 to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The purpose of this…

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Impaired Driving

By: P. Christopher Guedri

There is no greater threat to safety on America’s highways than impaired driving. Driving is an activity that requires reasoning, planning ahead, and split-second timing, exactly those facilities most impaired by alcohol. In 2010, alcohol related accidents accounted for more than half of all fatal crashes and over 10,000 deaths.[1]

                States and the federal government have launched a number of initiatives to stop impaired driving. Local authorities are cracking down with programs like Checkpoint Strikeforce, a multi-state effort to impose a zero-tolerance policy on the road while educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving.[2] To aid similar efforts, the federal government…

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