POLL: Is Driving Tired as Irresponsible as Driving Drunk?

Kevin Roper in court Tracy MorganAn incident where an 18-wheeler slammed into comedian Tracy Morgan’s limo bus – killing one and severely injuring Morgan, his opening act, Ardie Fuqua and tour manager – has sparked a debate on sleep-deprived drivers.

It was reported that the man behind the wheel of the semi was driving for at least 24 hours without pulling over on the New Jersey Turnpike, one of the most heavily traveled highways in the U.S.

According to the Institute of Medicine, nearly “20 percent of all serious car crash injuries in the general population are associated with driver sleepiness.”

Fatigue has very similar effects to alcohol consumption, and it has often been argued that the reaction time for an inebriated person and a sleep-deprived person are about the same.

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Driver Who Left Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua in Critical Condition Identified, Charged

Tracy Morgan Performs At Seminole Casino Coconut CreekThe driver of a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike who rear-ended a limo bus full of comedians on Saturday is being held on 1 count of death by auto and 4 counts of assault by auto.

James McNair, 63, a known to some as “Jimmy Mack” or “Uncle Jimmy Mack” was pronounced dead in a wreck that involved 6 other vehicles, leaving Tracy Morgan, his opening act, Ardie Fuqua, and their tour manager in critical condition. Fellow opener Harris Stanton left the hospital and is home safe.

Kevin Roper, the man responsible for the accident’s bail has been set to $50,000 and faces 5 to 10 years in jail if recklessness – likely in the form of sleep deprivation – is proven.

I know everyone is praying very hard for Tracy Morgan, but I’d like to urge you all to direct equal attention to his lesser-known companions. Not much is known about their tour manager, but Fuqua has already lived through a serious tragedy.  Continue reading “Driver Who Left Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua in Critical Condition Identified, Charged”