In the early morning of July 30, a Tesla Model S car with an alarming scene inside was seen in the Norwegian town of Ski. Witnesses saw that a man was sitting in a moving car, but his head was tilted to one side, giving the impression that he was unconscious. They followed the car, which stopped on its own after driving some distance, in a tunnel. After an emergency stop, the car turned on the hazard lights. The witnesses parked next to the Model S and started knocking on the window of the car, trying to understand what had happened to the driver. After unsuccessful attempts to attract the driver's attention, they called the rescue service, which took appropriate measures upon arrival at the scene.
Later, the Ski Eastern Police tweeted more details. It turned out that the Model S was driven by a 24-year-old man who was heavily drunk. Being in a state of strong alcoholic intoxication, he fell asleep while driving the car, which created an emergency situation on the road. According to the description, after the driver was awoken, he denied driving the car at the time. At the moment, he is temporarily deprived of his driver's license.
#E6 #NøstvettunnelenSydgående kl 0540; en Tesla stanser i tunnelen. Det viser seg å være en mann 24 år som har sovna bak rattet. Han er i tillegg beruset, men benekter hårdnakket for å ha kjørt. Selv om det er video av ham fra bilen... Nødvendige prøver er tatt.— Politiet i Øst (@politietost) July 30, 2021
Drunk driving is a serious problem. Alcohol has long been known as a roadway killer. Drinking and driving kill 28 people a day in the US—about one person every 52 minutes, according to the NHTSA. That is more than 10,000 lives lost each year to drunk driving. Drunk driving is responsible for about 1/3 of traffic fatalities. And these are just statistics for the US.
These numbers are horrendous and unfortunately there is currently no remedy to get rid of drunk driving. Nevertheless, as practice shows, Tesla Autopilot can have a significant impact on the consequences of drunk driving. With advanced functions, it not only monitors the safety of the vehicle on the road but can also stop the vehicle if the driver shows signs of inattention and does not respond to warning signals. Tesla Autopilot saves lives.
It should be kept in mind that in the US, this story spread with the wrong facts. Several sources posted a video describing that the driver was unconscious, although the police confirmed that the driver was drunk.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.