(Telegraph) Being tired behind the wheel as bad as being drunk
Driving for more than three hours without a break at night is the equivalent of being drunk behind the wheel, claims a new study.
Researchers found driver tiredness after a few hours has the same effect as being over the drink-driving limit. Even two hours of motorway driving in the dark can affect performance so severely it is the same as having a couple drinks.
Now experts who carried out the research want governments to impose a maximum two-hour limit on continuous night-time driving in a bid to curb accidents and death rates. It is estimated that one-fifth of all traffic accidents are due to sleepiness behind the wheel.