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Tuesday, 9th November 2010

Two Out of Five Drivers Admit to Falling Asleep at the Wheel, Finds AAA Foundation Study; Drowsy Drivers A Factor In Nearly 17% of Fatal Crashes

Two Out of Five Drivers Admit to Falling Asleep at the Wheel, Finds AAA Foundation Study; Drowsy Drivers A Factor In Nearly 17% of Fatal Crashes
Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Two out of every five drivers (41 percent) admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel at some point, with one in ten saying they’ve done so in the past year, according to a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study. More than a quarter of those surveyed admitted they drove despite being so tired that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open in the previous month.

Eighty-five percent of drivers surveyed felt it was “completely unacceptable” for someone to drive if they are so tired they are having trouble keeping their eyes open. Unfortunately, drivers may not always be aware of the effects of fatigue resulting from a lack of sleep. In recognition of this week’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®, hosted by the National Sleep Foundation, AAA wants all drivers to recognize the seriousness of this dangerous, yet underestimated, driving practice.

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