In the early morning hours on Friday, a driver fell asleep at the wheel and caused a crash near Weaverville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened in the westbound lanes of I-26 at about 1:45 a.m. The driver of a Chevrolet Suburban reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel and lost control of the vehicle. The SUV struck a guardrail and rolled several times. Thankfully, that person did not suffer from serious injuries. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where traffic had to be diverted to the New Stock Road exit. A portion of the roadway was closed until about 3:15 a.m. The driver involved was charged with reckless driving.
Last week was National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1-8, 2015), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a forum to launch a new drowsy-driving initiative. Experts from the fields of sleep science, traffic safety and public health joined together to share information on the dangers of drowsy driving and increase awareness about the nationwide problem. While drowsy driving may not sound as dangerous as distracted or impaired driving, consider that tired drivers are not only at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel, but they also have slower reaction times than drivers who aren't drowsy.