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    Can you give (or have you given) a ticket for this? How would you cite them?
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  • #2
    If their fatigues causes them to drive carelessly/recklessly, then they get cited for careless or reckless driving.
    I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..


    • #3
      Basically sleep influences your ability to drive. Most people I have ran into were speeding trying to get home from a long day. So there is no charge of driving while tired. It's the driving offense as a result of their actions. This may be different in other states.
      Where'd you learn that, Cheech? Drug school?


      • #4
        The most obvious "drunks" I have stopped were actually just fatigued drivers.

        The only laws I know against fatigued drivers deal with Commercial Vehicles- Federal Regs make driving while sick or fatigued a violation and the driver is placed "out of service" until they are fit to drive again. In addition, commercial drivers have to keep records of duty status (log books) and can only drive 11 hours and/or work 14 hours before they are required to take 10 consecutive hours off duty (I won't confuse you with the "sleeper berth" exceptions).
        ---Cut the red wire---


        • #5
          It's not illegal, but it is just a dangerous (drunks have slow reactions... sleeping people have no reactions). You can't cite for the act of driving while fatigued in itself, but you can cite for it's outcome.


          • #6
            How do you know they're tired?

            Whatever caused you to initiate contact with them (PC) is what you cite them for. But, no. There is no "fatigue" statute (in FL).

            A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

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            • #7

              There actually is a law in Virginia about driving more than thirteen hours in a 24-hour period, but I think enforcing it would be kind of hard. (This law is not aimed at commercial drivers, who have their own separate rules, but for those who are driving passenger cars.)

              As mentioned above, the "driving tired" (which we all have done at one time or another, I am sure) might not earn a summons - but the action caused by it definitely might get you 'in the book'.

              I have pasted the applicable code section below:


              § 46.2-812. Driving more than thirteen hours in twenty-four prohibited.

              No person shall drive any motor vehicle on the highways of the Commonwealth for more than thirteen hours in any period of twenty-four hours or for a period which, when added to the time such person may have driven in any other state, would make an aggregate of more than thirteen hours in any twenty-four-hour period. The provisions of this section, however, shall not apply to the operation of motor vehicles used in snow or ice control or removal operations or similar emergency situations.

              No owner of any vehicle shall cause or permit it to be driven in violation of this section.

              Last edited by VA Dutch; 05-24-2008, 07:31 AM.

              The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

              The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.


              "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."


              • #8
                Id feel like a hypocrit since most of my driving I do as a Police Officer is at times on overtime clock. I usually escort them to a coffee stand at the truck stop or get them to a hotel chain.
                "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The MARINES don't have that problem." ....Ronald Reagan


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nightshift va View Post
                  Id feel like a hypocrit since most of my driving I do as a Police Officer is at times on overtime clock. I usually escort them to a coffee stand at the truck stop or get them to a hotel chain.
                  You shouldn't have any feelings of guilt getting the truck drivers off the road- unless you are driving an 80,000 pound patrol car!
                  ---Cut the red wire---


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