You Snooze You Lose: Florida Calling Attention to Drowsy Driving

by Carmen Dellutri on September 27, 2012

Port Charlotte accident attorneyEarlier this month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation teamed up to educate the public about the dangers of drowsy driving.

The state’s first ever Drowsy Driving Prevention Week was held in memory of eight-year-old Ronshay Dugans, who was killed in 2008 when her bus was hit by a driver of a cement truck who fell asleep at the wheel.

Ronshay Dugan’s aunt, Josie West, said she thinks of Ronshay every day and hopes the week prompts people to think about their level of alertness before getting behind the wheel. “Ronshay was gone in an instant when the drowsy truck driver nodded off. His decision to drive while extremely tired tragically took her life.”

As Fort Myers accident attorneys, we want to share some of the most important accident prevention information with our readers. As highlighted in the public awareness campaign, the risks for drowsy driving crashes are:

  • Sleep loss
  • Driving patterns (driving between midnight and 6 a.m., driving a substantial number of miles each day, driving in the midafternoon and driving for long periods without taking a break)
  • Use of sedating medications
  • Untreated or unrecognized sleep disorders
  • Consumption of alcohol

We encourage all of our readers to keep this in mind the next time they get behind the wheel for a long trip or after a long night.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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