Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Drowsy Driving Causes 5, 000 to 6,000 Fatalities Annually

Drowsy Driving Causes 5,000 to 6,000
Fatalities Annually
CDC Report

An article published by the The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) titled "Drowsy Driving: Asleep At The Wheel" estimates that "2.5% of fatal crashes and 2% of injury crashes in the United States involved drowsy driving".  If this were converted into absolute number it would mean  that between 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year could be attributed to individuals driving while very tired.

The article suggests that driving while in a state of drowsiness makes drives less attentive; it slows driver's reaction time' and it affects a driver's ability to make decisions.

The article also suggests that when it comes to what types of drives are more likely to drive while drowsy that it is the commercial truck driver who tops the list. They are then followed by: shift workers; drivers with untreated sleep disorders; drivers who are using sedating medications; and  drivers who do not get adequate sleep.

According to the CDC those adults who slept 6 hours or less per day were more likely to report a 'state of drowsiness" than those who got between 7 or 8 hours per day.
To prevent drowsy driving the CDC recommends the following: getting enough sleep (adults 7 or 8 hours a day, adolescents 9 or 10 hours a day); If you have a sleep disorder make sure you get treatment; refrain from drinking alcohol or taking sedating medications before driving. 

According to experts some of the waring signs of drowsy driving are: yawing or blinking frequently; Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven; Missing your exit; Drifting from your lane: Hitting a rumble strip.


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