Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Problem of Driver Fatigue: NJ Semi-Truck Crashes When Driver Falls Asleep

In late April, a semi-truck driving in South Brunswick ran off the road and took out a traffic light. Police said the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, no one was injured. But the crash shines a light on a very real problem – driver fatigue. This is especially problematic for drivers of semi-trucks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 25 drivers aged 18 or older admits to having fallen asleep behind the wheel within the last 30 days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths resulted from drowsy driving in 2013. It is believed that these numbers may underestimate the issue. Drowsy Driving and Semi-Trucks Truck drivers are at high risk for driver fatigue based on the nature of the work. For the trucking industry, time is money, and drivers are essentially incentivized…
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Prom Season Is Coming. Warning About DWI Checkpoints

Ah, the senior prom – for many, the peak of the high school experience and one of the most memorable nights. Prom season is coming soon, and New Jersey police are preparing. One way they’re doing that is through DWI checkpoints. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Crash Investigations Unit is setting up the checkpoints as part of a program to ensure the safety of high school students during prom and graduation ceremonies. The checkpoints are random and will pop up from now through the end of June. A word of warning to teens: even if it’s your first offense, a DWI means you could lose your driving privileges for a year or more. Your car could be impounded, making it difficult to get to school or work. You may also face fines, insurance rate increases and legal fees that cost thousands of dollars to resolve. Lastly, you could end up in jail…
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