Steven M. Gursten is a personal injury attorney with Michigan Auto Law and feels that given the statistics and dangers, it’s time for Michigan legislators to wake up and put an end to “drowsy driving.” Currently, drowsy drivers are responsible for 37 accidents every hour, and are involved in 21% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. You can read more on Michigan Auto Law's Blog.
When considering how we could implement a drowsy driving law, the firm says we can look to the legislation that has already been enacted to stop texting and driving.
As drivers and lawmakers became more aware of the dangers of texting while driving, the Michigan Legislature put into law a ban and punish texting while driving. In Michigan, this law is MCL 257.602b.
In focusing on drowsy driving, Attorney Gursten also adds that we can look to the states who are leaders in this area and who have already passed laws. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ “Summaries of Current Drowsy Driving Laws,” there are only two states that have passed safety laws that specifically address “drowsy driving.”
The online petition aims to protect Michigan drivers by creating a specific law to deter drowsy driving.