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Don’t faint and drive

Awareness campaigns about the hazards of distracted driving in Alabama draw attention to the importance of keeping full attention on the road at all times. However, some drivers may have other circumstances that are making focus difficult. According to Fox News, a new study shows that a variety of medical conditions contribute to the possibility that certain people will lose consciousness while driving. This factor significantly affects their risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Fainting spells that are not caused by a head injury, also known as syncope, affect approximately one out of every three people. These are isolated incidents for two-thirds of those who experience them. However, the remaining one-third are likely to faint again within three years. People pass out for any number of reasons that are situational and could affect anyone, such as exhaustion or dehydration. But, certain medical conditions are likely to raise the risk, particularly in the case of heart disease.

The American Diabetes Association notes that diabetes is another common cause of syncope, and in Alabama, fainting can lead to a six-month driver’s license suspension. When people apply for a license for the first time, they must provide information about any medical conditions that could cause a loss of consciousness or otherwise compromise driving ability.

Low blood sugar related to diabetes is one condition that is known to cause a person to faint. If someone knows that a driver has an increased risk of fainting, he or she is encouraged to report it to the Department of Motor Vehicles. A person’s doctor may also recommend that driving privileges are suspended if a health condition warrants it. 

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