Driver Fatigue Impairment Similar to Driving Drunk
TORONTO --- During a symposium here focused on driver fatigue, experts warned that studies conclude drivers who haven't slept for 17 hours straight are just as impaired as drivers having a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent.The symposium was sponsored by Canada's Highway Safety Roundtable as part of the country's Road Safety Vision program. The program aims to educate Canadians about dangerous driving habits. Experts at the symposium also told attendees that drivers who go 24 hours without sleep show a level of impairment equal to a blood-alcohol level of 0.1 percent, according to a report this week by 680News Radio. But driver fatigue is much harder to prove than drunk driving, which can be easily detected using a breathalyzer test.