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Why drowsy driving in Wisconsin can lead to accidents

Football season brings out the best in people, and unfortunately, the worst in people. Wisconsin is known for the greatest football fans; from Green Bay to Madison and all places in between. However, with football comes the tradition of drinking alcohol, which opens the gates for drunk driving.

Indeed, law enforcement agencies will be out looking for drunk drivers because of how dangerous they can be to the driving public. The same could be said of those who drive while texting or surfing the web on their phones. But the public safety attention paid to those dangers pales in comparison to the hazard of drowsy driving. 

Yes, it is likely that there are more drowsy drivers on the road; especially truck drivers, than one may imagine. Because of this, paying attention to fatigued drivers is important. After all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 crashes are attributable to sleepy drivers. This leads to thousands of injuries across the U.S. every year.

If you are unaware of the dangers that can come with drowsy driving, consider this: a driver who has been awake for 17 hours or more may have the same type of impairment as a driver who has a .05 BAC. While this is below the legal limit for BAC for drivers, it still indicates that driving without a satisfactory amount of sleep could be dangerous.

Ultimately, drivers in Wisconsin have a duty to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. Part of this is making sure that they have adequate rest so that they do not put other drivers at risk. 

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