Winter roads in Alaska pose many difficulties: icy corners, snow-choked roadways, low visibility from ice fog, and heavy snowfalls are dangers northern drivers are all too aware of. And when you partner poor road conditions with drivers that are intoxicated, aggressive, texting, or simply not paying attention, the chances of accidents increase significantly.
In recent years another kind of hazardous driving condition is beginning to get more national recognition: drowsy driving. You may be familiar with the 2014 news story in which a Wal-Mart truck driver, fatigued from being awake for more than 24 hours, struck the limousine of comedian Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike. The accident claimed the life of fellow comedian James McNair and critically injured Morgan and four other passengers. The accident also made the public very aware of the dangers of drowsy driving.