Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving according to local health experts. Matt Uhles, Vice President of Diagnostic Technology and Research at the Clayton Sleep Institute says going 17 hours without sleep is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol level of .05. That correlation climbs to a blood alcohol level of .10 or higher if you go longer than 24 hours without sleep according to Uhles.
He says being tired behind the wheel is just as bad as driving drunk.
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Uhles says there are more drivers killed each year by drowsy drivers than drunk drivers, a problem that he attributes to lack of education about the dangers of drowsy driving. He adds that several states are currently considering legislation that would allow police to charge drowsy drivers with criminal negligence if they injure or kill someone while driving without adequate sleep.