Drowsy Driving: Is It As Dangerous As Drunk Driving?

Being drowsy behind the wheel may be as dangerous as being drunk

Being drowsy behind the wheel may be as dangerous as being drunk

 

Drug use is frowned on, everybody knows that. So when someone gets behind the wheel of their car under the influence of drugs, people are not very forgiving. After all, you should have known better, right? But what about tired people who get behind the wheel after working a double shift? Or a new mom who hasn’t had a solid night of sleep in two months? Or that teen who stayed up all night studying for their exam and now they’re driving to school on just two hours of sleep and a huge cup of coffee?

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Drugged Driving in Michigan: Four Facts You Need To Know

drugged driving can be very dangerous!

drugged driving can be very dangerous!

 

Drugged driving is a pretty self explanatory term. Like drunk driving implies driving under the influence of alcohol, drugged driving means driving under the influence of drugs. But aside from the fact that drugs can and do affect your ability to safely drive a car, there are a number of facts about drugged driving in Michigan that many people don’t know. So we’ve put together a fact sheet containing four important facts that every driver needs to know about drugged driving.

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Drunk Driving at Night – What You Need To Know

Night driving is more dangerous than driving during the day

Night driving is more dangerous than driving during the day

 

Since 1982, the number of fatal drunk driving crashes has gone down by 51%. A positive statistic for sure. Among people under the age of 21, this number has seen an 80% deduction, which is even more encouraging. All in all, there are fewer people dying as a result of drunk driving accidents than ever before. However, while the number of annual deaths in slowly decreasing, drunk driving crashes still claim thousands of lives every year. So on that note we wanted to talk to you about another factor that affects automobile fatalities – night driving.


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Drunk Driving and Safety Belts

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Seat belts are proven to be the best defense in a crash

 

Whenever the police in Michigan step up patrols looking for drunk and drugged drivers, the other thing they keep a watchful eye out for is seat belt infractions. In other words, people who aren’t wearing their seat belts. Drunk driving crackdowns are almost always seat belt crackdowns as well. So with that in mind, here are a few things you need to know about seat belts that could save your life. Sober driving isn’t the only way to stay safe on the road – buckling up is equally important!

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Does Getting High Affect Your Ability to Drive?

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For the last few years, Michigan has been involved in the legal storm surrounding the legalization marijuana. With that issue in mind, one is forced to consider how it can impact a person’s ability to drive. Most people, when you ask them if it is safe to ‘drive high’ will tell you no. After all, it is a commonly known fact that marijuana slows your reaction time, which can be deadly on the road. However, it appears that there is a lot more to the argument surrounding drugged driving!


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DUI FYI: Facts About Drunk Driving in Michigan

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Many people have preconceived notions about getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, and many of them are incorrect. So in order to keep you updated, we have compiled a list of interesting and informative facts about DUIs in Michigan that you may find enlightening.


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Distracted Driving: More Deadly Than a DUI?

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Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds like – driving while you are distracted and not paying your full attention to the process of driving. However, ‘distracted’ can come in many forms, including eating, using a cell phone, putting on make-up, chatting to friends, and yelling at misbehaving kids in the backseat. In essence, anything that takes your attention away from the road and surrounding drivers. However, now that we’ve established what it is, the question remains: is it more deadly than drunk driving?


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Can You Get a Michigan DUI For ‘Sleeping It Off’ In Your Car?

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For people hoping to avoid a drunk driving charge, there are many alternative options. For example, calling a cab or using the Uber app to get a ride. Maybe prearranging a designated driver or even just crashing at a friend’s home so that you don’t have to risk the drive home. However, not everyone plans on those last few drinks or realizes how intoxicated they are until they get behind the wheel and spend 20 minutes fumbling with the keys. So what do you do when you suddenly realize that you’re too drunk to drive?


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Off-Duty Coast Guard Accused of High Speed DUI Causing Death

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An employee of the United States Coast Guard, 43-year-old Gregory Allen Belkin, has been charged with drunk driving causing death and murder. Belkin is said to have struck another vehicle, killing the sole occupant, while under the influence of alcohol.

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Autonomous Vehicles – Michigan’s Technological Future?

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There has been much talk over the last few years about whether or not autonomous vehicles are the future. For those who are in favor it’s a no brainer – removing human error will only result in safer roads for everyone. Add to that the number of lives that will be saved by eliminating drunk and drugged driving, and it would be foolish to opt for anything else.

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