Drowsy Driving

I am pleased  to report my research assistant, Sarah Lynch (UMKC JD Candidate, 2019), has already presented at the Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic narcolepsy family day on different approaches to legal and regulatory restrictions on drowsy driving.  One big takeaway, so far, neither Kansas nor Missouri specifically target drowsy driving in licensure  restrictions though there does seem to be some accident reporting tracking of driver fatigue as a contributing factor to traffic incidents. This is in stark contrast to states like New York with substantial targeting of licensure restrictions for drowsy or potentially drowsy drivers.  Given the default is self-monitoring for individuals with narcolepsy who wish to drive in Kansas and Missouri, we are wondering what value, if any, narcolepsy-specific restrictions add to public safety.   IMG_0640


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