How to avoid being arrested at the wheel of a car
A driver can get away with something as simple as taking a nap at the controls, but if the police catch you with it, you can be arrested.
A study from the University of Queensland found that people who sleep at the helm of a vehicle are more likely to get arrested than those who don’t.
The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, looked at data from Queensland police in 2011.
The results show that those who took a nap on the wheel were more than twice as likely to be arrested than people who didn’t.
A nap on a vehicle while driving is illegal in Queensland, meaning it’s against the law to drive while asleep, even if you’re asleep.
The law is aimed at preventing accidents, but it’s also a common way for drivers to relax.
In the Queensland study, the researchers used a vehicle-based questionnaire to measure the number of times a driver had been asleep at the time of the crash, as well as their level of sleepiness at the crash.
“When we looked at the overall sleepiness index we saw that those drivers who had been driving for less than a day were more likely than those drivers with a longer period of time on the road to be asleep,” lead researcher, Dr. Scott McEvoy, said in a press release.
“For drivers who have been driving longer than a week, the drivers who were sleeping more than a night on the job, were more at risk of being arrested.”
The researchers said that drivers who slept more than two hours were more prone to a crash than those that slept less than 10 minutes.
“In other words, the driver who was sleeping less than two minutes may be at risk for a crash even if they’re asleep at wheel,” McEvow said.
He added that drivers with more than one night of sleep on the clock had a 10% chance of being stopped by police, compared to drivers who did not.
“The driver who has slept more is also more likely of being in the driver’s seat and less likely to face the consequences of a crash,” he said.
McEvood added that the study also found that drivers sleeping at the wheels were more risky in other ways.
“Drivers who slept in the back of a moving vehicle were also more at the risk of a collision and having their licence suspended,” he added.
What’s the solution?
“Sleep in the passenger seat can be an effective alternative to sleeping in the front,” McAvoy said.
“You can also use the rear seat to sleep, so you don’t have to worry about getting hit by a car.”
According to McEvoys study, drivers who sleep in the rear are less likely than drivers who don and are also less likely of having a crash.
However, he said that it’s important to note that drivers should be careful when they’re sleeping in their back seat.
“Sleep is an essential element of driving, and while it may not be something you want to be doing in the dark, you should still exercise caution and keep your eyes on the car,” McDevoy said in the press release .
“It is very important to have some sleep, especially if you’ve got a busy schedule.”