Tennessee residents might be interested to hear that highway fatalities in the state of Tennessee have prompted the implementation of message boards in four of the state's largest cities imploring people not to drive while drowsy. Some people even go so far as to say that driving while drowsy can be equivalent to the severity of driving while drunk.
According to federal statistics, there were more than 11,000 deaths caused by driving while drowsy between 2000 and 2010. Experts say that the problem of people getting behind the wheel without having gotten enough sleep is one that cannot be easily addressed. A person's blood alcohol level can be measured, whereas there is no way to measure a person's drowsiness. Some experts even go on to say that trying to pass laws about drowsiness behind the wheel is nearly impossible. Therefore, a car accident involving drowsy driving cannot be treated in the same way that one involving drunk driving can.