Raising Concerns about Drowsy Drivers

Raising Concerns about Drowsy Drivers
By: CJ Cassidy

N

ew
details
on a traffic accident that put a
M
issouri
H
ighway
P
atrol
T
rooper in hospital with a broken arm.

Investigators
now say the driver that caused the accident
,
19
-
year
-
old
M
atthew
H
inkle
,
nodded off behind the wheel just before the accident.

Still, you may be surprised by a

recent poll
conducted
by the
N
ational
S
leep
F
oundation
that suggest drowsy driving isn't uncommon. Figures
shows
60%
of adult drivers admit they've been drowsy drivers at some time or other.

P
olice say when you consider driving drowsy is just as bad as drunk driving
,
that's pretty scary.

"the tr
ooper
was
extremely lucky as well as the lady that got sideswiped and the gentleman who fell asleep behind the wheel
,"
Sgt. Cody Fulkerson says.

A

s
T
rooper
J
eremy
W
eadon recovers from a broken arm
,
fellow patrolman
F
ulkerson points out the dangers of drowsy driving.

"G
etting behind the wheel of a 1000 pound automobile and driving it down the highway at 70 miles per hour with someone asleep behind the wheel
, well,
that's just scary saying it
,
but it happens everyday
," Fulkerson says.

A
nd drivers adm
it
it's true.

"I
've actually caught myself going to sleep behind the wheel it's quite dangerous
," J.D. Eaton of Jackson says.

"Y
ou've got
to
put
your
pride aside and make the right decision
," Fulkerson says. He adds,
if you're already on the road when you start getting tired
,
pull over and take a nap
,
or see if someone else will drive for you.

P
olice also suggest drinking at least two cups of coffee.

D

rivers we spoke with had their own methods to fight falling asleep. B
ut experts say they haven't proved to be reliable.

"When I'm driving
home from
S
t.
L
ouis
I
'll call my husband to say talk to me through this dark period
. It
work
s," one female driver told us.

Another says she would turn to the radio to help keep her awake.

Still,
if the possibility you could injure yourself or someone else isn't enough to keep put the brakes on driving drowsy
,
consider this
:

Sgt. Fulkerson says he's issued many tickets to drowsy drivers before, and will continue to do so in the future.

T
roopers did issue the driver
who allegedly caused Monday's
accident a ticket.

P
olice say he was headed home after working a long shift when he nodded off.