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While legislators worry about stoned drivers, sleepy drivers cause 1 in 6 fatal crashes | The NORML Stash Blog

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2 responses to “While legislators worry about stoned drivers, sleepy drivers cause 1 in 6 fatal crashes”

  1. SpaceMace

    A friend of mine had a recent bad experience with the 5 Hour Energy drinks. About a month ago he threw a party with a bunch of his friends to celebrate his birthday as well as a promotion that he was about to receive. Due to the promotion and the mandatory drug test involved he had stopped smoking (something he and I do together regularly) but was drinking. In order to celebrate all night long he proceeded to down several 5 Hour Energy drinks. To top it off he also drank a plethora of alcoholic beverages during the course of the evening’s festivities. I was not at the party otherwise I would have stopped him.

    This mixture of drinks triggered a manic episode which lasted for three days and resulted in the loss of his job and hospitalization. He is STILL currently recovering.

  2. dbeall

    I have to add a note to this article..

    In my ‘past’ 20 year turn at cross country trucking,, falling asleep at the wheel was a constant danger.

    I don’t know if it was the most dangerous issue in trucking, but most certainly at the top of my list.

    You only have to wake up one time while runing down the highway with 80,000 pounds gross weight to realize the whole scare and increased heart beat upon waking up.. And to realize that you are still alive, words do not convey.

    How many times did I fall asleep during my 20 years on the road?
    I would guess at maybe 20 times in 1.5 million miles.

    How many times did I try to nod-off or my head-drop from trying to falling asleep,, during my 20 years on the road?
    I would guess at maybe 200 times in 1.5 million miles.

    Please don’t let this happen to you,, Just because you had a good nights sleep is no protection, but it does help.

    Do Not drive into or during the sunrise if you have been driving all night. Pull over and catch a cat nap while the sun is rising. Then continue with your trip.

    Stay Awake, Stay Alive

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