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Study: drowsy driving causes more car crashes than drunk driving

New Mexico is known for picturesque vistas, perfect weather and delicious food. Unfortunately, we have also acquired a reputation for drunk drivers that cause accidents, injuries and fatalities.

Everyone knows the dangers of drunk drivers, but few are as aware of the menace posed to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists by fatigued drivers. A new study shows that drowsy drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers, but that fatigued driving is underreported.

Lawmakers fight a deadly type of crash: the truck underride

Accidents involving trucks often have the most tragic outcomes. The average car is no match against the size and weight of a commercial truck. Tractor trailers in particular can be extremely dangerous because the lower half of cars can slide underneath the vehicle. This type of crash is called an “underride” and is usually fatal for the car’s passengers.

The severity of these accidents inspired two senators and two representatives to introduce a new bill to Congress last December. This bill, The Stop Underrides Act of 2017, would require guards on the front and sides of all trucks and tractor trailers. Congress has yet to officially vote on the bill.

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