Deputy Falls Asleep And Causes Accident

Driving while tired, also known as drowsy driving, can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Sleep deprivation can have effects similar to having had alcohol. Driving after not having slept for 24 hours can be the same as driving with a blood-alcohol level of .10%. As many as 1 in 25 adult drivers have reported falling asleep while driving at least once in the past 30 days. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving was responsible for some 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013. Anyone can fall victim to drowsy driving, as WGXA reports on a Putnam deputy who fell asleep while driving, leading to an accident. Authorities at the Georgia Department of Public Safety say that drowsy driving is responsible for a Putnam County deputy being involved in an accident. The Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling on North Jefferson Street in Eatonton on Saturday around on Friday, December 28th. An SUV was stopped at…

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