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Driver Charged with Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

Paul Burgess crashed his vehicle on I-85 last week in Coweta County and as a result he could be facing several criminal charges. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that so far, Burgess already has been charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs, serious injury by vehicle and following too closely. Because a person died as a result of the vehicle crash, it's possible that Burgess can also be facing homicide charges.

Burgess was held in jail without bond for two days after the fatal crash that killed 51-year-old Donald Clyatt Moore. Yet the lawyer representing Burgess says that his client was not under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the fatal crash. Attorney D. Scott Cummins says that Burgess takes Adderall as a treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but that Burgess was not impaired while he was driving.

So what exactly did cause the crash? Cummins said through The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that fatigue could be a likely reason for the serious accident, asserting that Paul Burgess "may have, just for a second, nodded off."

There are no specific state laws that outlaw drowsy driving, but traffic safety experts say that it's always a good idea to avoid driving while tired. We've reported in earlier blog posts that studies indicate that a person who drives for several consecutive hours after dark actually has a similar driving performance to that of a drunk driver. More information about the dangers of drowsy driving can be found through our Related Resource pages.

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