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The dangers of drowsy drivers in Las Vegas

If you live in Las Vegas, you know it is the city that parties all night. Tourists come for the weekend and stay all night gambling, drinking and shopping. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this behavior, it becomes a problem when these people drive. Whether they drove into town with their own car or rented a vehicle, these people can cause serious accidents if they drive while intoxicated.

Drunk driving is not the only thing you have to worry about in Vegas. Keep reading to learn about the dangers of drowsy driving and how to protect yourself.

Troubling statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are the average annual statistics for drowsy driving-related accidents:

  • 886 deadly crashes
  • 37,000 injury-causing crashes
  • 45,000 property damage crashes

With the hundreds or thousands of people staying awake each night in Vegas, there could be fatal consequences if just one of them gets behind the wheel. 

Why drowsy driving is dangerous

So, why exactly do these car collisions happen? Fatigue and tiredness can make drivers unable to pay attention to their surroundings, reduce reaction times and affect decision-making abilities. Even if a driver does not completely fall asleep, tiredness can certainly be the culprit of an accident. 

How to spot drowsy drivers

If you are driving around at night or early morning, it is crucial for you to be alert for potential drowsy drivers. A tired driver may have difficulty staying within driving lanes. This may result in a car getting dangerously close to a curb or continuously driving on rumble strips. A drowsy driver may also miss signs or exits, causing him or her to roll through intersections or swerve suddenly. 

Staying up all night while drinking or doing drugs only exacerbates these dangers. Make sure you are always careful and driving defensively in Las Vegas.

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