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Local researchers find drowsy driving is much bigger issue

09 February, 2018, 03:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Americans aren't getting enough sleep and a new study finds drowsy driving is leading to many more vehicle crashes than previously thought.

The study looked at 700 crashes using dash cam footage, and found that 30% of drivers admit to not being able to keep their eyes open behind the wheel in the past month.

Sleepy drivers are causing more accidents than federal officials have estimated, a new study said on Thursday.

These days, Pearce wears a Fitbit fitness tracker to constantly make sure she's getting enough sleep-at least the recommended seven hours.

According to the AAA study, 96 percent of people say drowsy driving is a problem, but only 29 percent admitted to driving when they were so exhausted they had a hard time keeping their eyes open at some point in the last month.

In 2015, Channel 9 investigated drowsy driving among truckers, including a particular crash on Interstate 26.

Previous government estimates put drowsiness as a factor in one to two percent of accidents.




"When drivers get exhausted, the symptoms can be very subtle", he said.

More people are driving while they are dangerously exhausted, according to a new report from AAA.

"We could watch drivers as drivers began to exhibit drowsy symptoms as they were driving".

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly funded, 501 (c)(3) charitable research and educational organization.

He says getting only four hours of sleep at night can have an affect similar to driving drunk.

Knowing the warning signs of drowsiness can help drivers avoid dozing off behind the wheel.

"Short-term tactics like drinking coffee, blasting the radio, singing, rolling down the window will not cure drowsiness", advised Averella. Researchers say it's one of the most underreported problems for traffic safety. "You know it's time to pull over and maybe take a 20 minute cat nap in a rest area. Your body's need for sleep will eventually override your brain's attempts to stay awake".

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