A driver needs his or her eyes open every moment. That’s why sleeping at the wheel, even while stopped at an intersection, is frowned upon. Recently a driver in Puslinch, Ontario tried to catch 40 winks at a stoplight and ended up in handcuffs. Alcohol was a factor, of course.
Police responded to a call complaining of a drunk driver at the intersection of Wellington Road 34 and Highway 6. When they arrived, officers found the driver passed out, resting his head on the steering wheel.
Since he failed a roadside sobriety test, he was brought in.
It’s fairly obvious that a driver is not fit to be on the road if he or she is asleep at the wheel – either alcohol or fatigue is the problem. However, police are aware of other ways to detect drunk drivers at intersections. Often drivers ignore a green light and just sit in the car, awake but too fuzzy to react to the “go” signal.
Excessive tiredness is sometimes the problem, but drinking is the more likely culprit when a driver fails to react quickly. That is why any lingering at a traffic light, much less being asleep at the wheel, will look suspicious to the police.
If you’re driving, get enough rest beforehand – you don’t want to appear drunk to a police officer. And needless to say, if you have been drinking, sleep it off – but at home, not at an intersection.