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Drowsy driving drawing NHTSA's focus

It appears that the federal government is putting fatigued driving in the cross-hairs. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's head announced that the agency will be taking efforts to try to address this dangerous type of driving conduct.

What sorts of efforts will the agency be taking in regards to drowsy driving? Reportedly, among the things the agency is planning on doing are:

  • Coming up with techniques to help increase public awareness of the traffic safety issues surrounding fatigued driving. 
  • Looking into how much different types of driver aids (including new high-tech driver aids) could help cut down on drowsy driving. 
  • Working with states to determine what sorts of traffic safety laws and enforcement strategies are the best when it comes to cracking down on fatigued driving.

What do you think of these planned efforts by the NHTSA? Do you think such efforts could help lead to a reduction in drowsy driving? How effective do you think public awareness campaigns are at promoting safe driving? What sorts of enforcement methods and tools do you think are the best when it comes to addressing fatigued driving?

Drowsy driving can cause serious problems out on the roads. Major traffic accidents sometimes come about as a result of this type of negligent behind-the-wheel conduct. Thus, one hopes that all drivers will put a high priority on avoiding fatigued driving.

When a driver ends up injuring others due to driving while fatigued, attorneys can help injured victims of the crash with pursuing potential compensation options.  

Source: The Detroit News, "NHTSA chief vows crackdown on drowsy driving," David Shepardson, March 16, 2015

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