Very frequently we hear from people who think they can drive through the night without problem, they think they can drive more than 1,000 miles without stopping for proper rest, and that for whatever reason, "it won't be a problem."
So often, the excuses are "we have multiple drivers" or "we're college students who have lots of energy and are used to be up all night," or even "we've done this before."
All of these would have been valid "excuses" for a group of 7 college kids from Wisconsin who tried to drive straight home from Spring Break at South Padre Island, Texas. They made it as far as Missouri, before they ran into problems. A car was trying to merge onto the freeway, and the van driver swerved, lost control, and crashed into a concrete pillar. One of the students is dead, two others are in critical condition.
There is no evidence of alcohol being a factor, they'd all done this trip before, but they were tired, and now a 23 year old's life has been cut short. Its a tragedy, but hopefully, it can also serve as a real life example for people who think it can't happen to them.