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AL Senate bill would increase charges for fatigued drivers in deadly crashes

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Long work days and a busy lifestyle have many people ripping and running every day, and some of us are just too tired to get behind the wheel to drive home. A bill moving through the Alabama Legislature will have fatigued drivers face stiffer penalties if their actions take another person's life.

Senate Bill 69 which would make it a felony offense for anyone who causes a deadly accident while driving fatigued. It would carry the same penalties you'd face if you killed someone while driving under the influence.

AAA reports that in 16 to 21 percent of all fatal crashes, one of the drivers was driving drowsy. Compared to drivers who had slept for at least seven hours in the past 24 hours, drivers who reported they had slept:

  • 6-7 hours had 1.3 times the crash rate
  • 5-6 hours had 1.9 times the crash rate
  • 4-5 hours had 4.3 times the crash rate
  • Less than 4 hours had 11.5 times the crash rate

Click here to read the bill.

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