Study says 2 out of 5 have fallen asleep at the wheel

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 12:15pm

U.S.--A new study by the American Automobile Association says 41% of drivers have fallen asleep at least once when they are driving. Eleven percent of those people say it's happened this past year. The study also says 6,000 people are killed each each year because of sleepy drivers.

Dr. Ghuge--a sleep doctor--says, lack of sleep is a problem for many Americans. He says, "The average amount of sleep that Americans are getting has gone down. It used to be 8.5 hours in the 80s, and it's about 6.5 hours now." Dr. Ghuge also says a drowsy driver is four times more likely to cause a single-vehicle accident than a drunk driver. "Sleepiness produces a level of lethargy that is far more dangerous than being drunk while you're driving," he says.

AAA officials give helpful tips: they say before you go on a long trip, get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated. They also say to stop every 100 miles, and bring along a friend.


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