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(Reuters)   Sleepy drivers found to be just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Cops immediately step up patrols outside all art house movie theaters   ( reuters.com) divider line
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2012-06-02 09:52:37 AM  
That's why, when I drive when I'm tired, I like to keep a conversation going. You know, through text messages.
 
2012-06-02 10:09:53 AM  
Aren't art-house theaters during the dangerous hours (11pm-4am) more properly called porno theaters? Though I haven't been in a town with one since I moved out of Berkeley a while back, Texas isn't big on either (outside of some special events at the Alamo Drafthouse locations).
 
2012-06-02 10:16:18 AM  
In other news, driving with a BAC of 0.05 is no more dangerous than driving a little bit tired.

And yeah - there are states where a 0.05 BAC can lead to your arrest in the US.

So all you MADD cocksuckers can STFU about how much better the rest of the world is because they have lower BAC limits - and hey, if you really wanted that why didn't you just move there in the first place?
 
2012-06-02 10:23:32 AM  
Drove across the country once. Wish I could have slept through Nebraska, and Iowa.
 
2012-06-02 10:24:47 AM  
And "drowsy driving" will continue to become an epidemic among the IT profession as employers continue to push for single-threaded shifts with longer and longer hours.

I wouldn't be surprised in the least if there were some poor bastards being pushed into 24 hour shifts. Alone. And you better not try to sleep because idiots will be calling every 15 minutes because they can't log in/a drive failed/they wiped their OS on accident. And the next guy called in, so it'll be an extra 6 hours before we can get the weekend guy in to relieve you.

Please just shoot me now.
 
2012-06-02 10:46:39 AM  
Was the obvious tag asleep?
 
2012-06-02 11:14:04 AM  
If you're battling sleep behind the wheel, you're about to die.
 
2012-06-02 11:17:53 AM  

Happy Hours: So all you MADD cocksuckers can STFU about how much better the rest of the world is because they have lower BAC limits - and hey, if you really wanted that why didn't you just move there in the first place?


There is a strong correlation between lower BAC limits and serious alcohol related health issues since binge drinking increases. It happened in teh US with the introduction of the 18 drinking age. Central London goes BAC 0.00% and while the number of slightly drunk drivers drops, the number of very drunk goes way up resulting in more people dying on the roads. And most very drunk drivers are very tired too. Australia could expect to have 4000 more people a year drop dead due to alcohol related liver issues if they dropped the .05% to .02% as even more people would drinking heavily at bars since they know they aren't going drive home. The current deaths due to road accidents is about 160 people a year once you take into account MADD like stats where a passenger in a car was drunk even though a sober driver ran a red light and killed them or the "did you have any drink in the last 12 hours"
 
2012-06-02 11:39:14 AM  
in 30-40 years your car will drive you here you want to go, but they'll still be a prohibition on drinking and sitting in the car as it drives you somewhere for safety (neo puritanical prohibitionists).
 
2012-06-02 12:02:21 PM  
I said this around four years ago. I had to research the affects sleep deprivation has on people for a job. It's scary to lose out on sleep.
 
2012-06-02 12:20:18 PM  

Saberus Terras: And "drowsy driving" will continue to become an epidemic among the IT profession as employers continue to push for single-threaded shifts with longer and longer hours.

I wouldn't be surprised in the least if there were some poor bastards being pushed into 24 hour shifts. Alone. And you better not try to sleep because idiots will be calling every 15 minutes because they can't log in/a drive failed/they wiped their OS on accident. And the next guy called in, so it'll be an extra 6 hours before we can get the weekend guy in to relieve you.

Please just shoot me now.


Medical support field as well. We have one week mandatory on-call per month (sometimes more), and no on-site facilities for resting. So once our regular shift ends we go home and wait for a call...which never fails to come in right after dinner. Minimum time on-call is typically three hours, after which we go back home...only to be called back less than two hours later.

Did I mention that not only do we drive to and from the office, but our job involves driving to remote hospitals?

So yeah. Falling asleep behind the wheel is kinda common. Nothing we can do about it. Corp refuses to staff around the clock, and there is a limit to how long caffeine can keep you awake.

/and we're not out of the ordinary for this industry
 
2012-06-02 12:22:39 PM  
Didn't Mythbusters confirm this already?
 
2012-06-02 12:27:06 PM  
Or in my case, hungover driving is just as bad as drunk driving.
 
2012-06-02 01:05:37 PM  
Hasn't this been common knowledge for at least... 20 years??

I seem to remember just knowing this most of my adult life.
 
2012-06-02 01:15:52 PM  

sure haven't: Hasn't this been common knowledge for at least... 20 years??

I seem to remember just knowing this most of my adult life.


I was wondering why this didn't rank an "Obvious" tab.
 
2012-06-02 01:21:52 PM  
Yeah I think driving while extremely tired should be illegal too, but how do you measure and test for that? If they find a reliable, scientific way(aka nothing like field sobriety testing), I support this.

I think old people who can't see, hear, and react fast should also be forbidden from driving. If you feel the need to drive 20 miles under the limit, its because your senses cannot keep up and you are a danger to everyone on the road. Really drunk people often do the same thing, but their condition is permanent . People should be tested every 5 years from 60 onwards, and every year once your test results become close to failing.
 
2012-06-02 01:25:11 PM  

Ooba Tooba: Drove across the country once. Wish I could have slept through Nebraska, and Iowa Texas and Oklahoma. fark at least you can go 90 through NE and IA Also our rednecks are much less trigger happy.

 
2012-06-02 01:26:26 PM  
DWNA

Driving While Not Alert

or

Driving With No Attention

new law in 5, 4, 3...

/should cover quite a bit.
 
2012-06-02 01:55:07 PM  

slayer199: Didn't Mythbusters confirm this already?


Actually, they busted it...but you were close.
 
2012-06-02 03:37:23 PM  
I would be OK with a checkpoint if we could get Moonrise Kingdom where I live...
 
2012-06-02 04:34:01 PM  

rogue49: DWNA

Driving While Not Alert

or

Driving With No Attention

new law in 5, 4, 3...

/should cover quite a bit.


Here, like most jurisdictions, has a 'distracted driving' law. I think that DWI infractions should fall within that law. I see precious difference between driving intoxicated and looking down in your lap while texting. The drunk guy at least has his eyes on the road.
 
2012-06-02 04:36:00 PM  
Clearly this means that drunk driving should be legal.
 
2012-06-02 08:59:44 PM  
My Farking Ticket Because of Andre
 
2012-06-03 02:47:27 AM  

slayer199: Didn't Mythbusters confirm this already?


Yes
Link
 
2012-06-03 06:22:08 AM  
Whatever, that's what the rumble strips are for.
 
2012-06-03 06:55:31 AM  
People drastically over-estimate the level of impairment alcohol causes.
People drastically under-estimate the level of impairment of other factors like music, people in the car, talking on the phone, being tired, being unfamiliar with the logical, being in a rush and being in an emotional state.

Our laws reflect this.
 
2012-06-04 01:43:35 AM  

Saberus Terras: And "drowsy driving" will continue to become an epidemic among the IT profession all professions as employers continue to push for single-threaded shifts with longer and longer hours.


Whine, whine, whine.

Ask a truckdriver about long hours, and what happens if you fall asleep on the job.
 
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