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Can You Get a DUI For Being Tired?

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You can get a DUI for being impaired by drugs or alcohol, but what about if you’re impaired by exhaustion?

How Being Tired Affects Drivers

If you’ve ever driven while exhausted, you know how difficult it can be to stay focused and alert while traveling. The effects of being tired behind the wheel are surprisingly similar to those of being drunk.

Tired drivers may experience:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weakness
  • Poor cognitive function

The driver may doze off, hit the rumble strip, accidentally enter another lane, miss important street signs, and more. All in all, being tired behind the wheel can be incredibly dangerous. But can it lead to charges?

DUI Charges for Fatigued Drivers

Drivers who experience fatigue may appear drunk to patrol officers. Therefore, they may be pulled over for further investigation. Luckily, fatigue is not a legal cause for a DUI arrest. Still, the driver may be asked to participate in sobriety tests to rule out intoxication from drugs and/or alcohol.

Avoid Tired Driving, Stay Safe

While driving when tired or even exhausted is not a crime, it is also not safe. We strongly encourage you to avoid traveling while tired in order to protect yourself and others from a potential crash.

If you are experiencing fatigue that could lead you to lose focus while driving:

  • Pull over and rest until you are able to drive
  • Plan to stay overnight where you’re visiting if possible
  • Ask a friend to pick you up or drive for you
  • Have a caffeinated drink
  • Listen to engaging music, podcasts, or other audio programs

While you may be eager to get to where you’re going, you want to make sure you arrive safely! Better late than never.

Personal Injury Car Accident Attorney in South Carolina

The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC is here for you after a car accident that left you injured. Reach out to our experienced attorney today to discuss the specifics of your case and learn more about where to begin. Call (803) 770-4483 or click here for our online contact form.