Texting and driving is stupid. But I've already ranted enough about that. Drunk driving is even more stupid. Sure, I could end this post here, but everyone knows all of this. I bet even the idiot drunk drivers are thinking, "My god, what the hell am I doing??" while they're doing it. So what the hell is my point? Unless you've been living under a rock (which is probably one of the safer places to be these days), driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol isn't the only stupid thing you can do at the wheel. You have also heard of drowsy driving.
What?! You haven't? Have you been living under a rock?
Put simply, drowsy driving is driving while you should be sleeping. About one in 6 fatal traffic accidents can be attributed to driver fatigue, which can impair judgment, delay reaction times, and impairs coordination. Sound like anything else? Exactly. It's been shown to be at least as dangerous as drunk driving, if not more so.
Yet another car accident victim was being brought to me at 2 AM on a night when I had already had 15 patients come in. I was tired, I was cranky, and I was in no mood for another fucking moron who had thoroughly earned a trip to my trauma bay. Unfortunately that's exactly what rolled through the door.
A very large woman rolled in on the gurney, and the medics were having a very difficult time stifling their laughter as they told me why she was here. She had just been prescribed a new medicine, one that notoriously causes drowsiness. She had taken her first dose that evening and had supposedly discovered another side effect - a severe case of the stupids. So in the middle of the night, already drowsy from sleep deprivation and her new medicine, she thought it would be a fantastic idea to go out for nachos. And much to the surprise of NO ONE, she fell asleep and ran off the road into a tree.
Fortunately she was not seriously injured, and after a negative workup I sent her on her way. I have no idea if she stopped for a snack on the way home.