Fatigue, mild traumatic brain injury, and DWI

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More automobile accidents are caused by drowsiness than by alcohol intoxication. Lack of sleep, alcohol intoxication, and a mild concussion after an accident all may present with similar symptoms, and cause an individual to fail the standard field sobriety tests. This means that a drowsy individual or one with a mild concussion who has the odor of alcohol on his breath may well be charged with DWI, even if his blood alcohol content is below 0.08mg%. This article reviews the findings of drowsiness, and mild concussions, as well as the history of the standardized field sobriety tests. It then presents ways in which the non-intoxicated driver who has been accused of DWI can be differentiated from the intoxicated one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 7 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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