Awake at the Wheel: Healthy Sleep Project Launches Campaign to Decrease Avoidable Drowsy Driving-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents

November 11, 2014 4:04 PM

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New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 21 percent of fatal crashes involve driver fatigue, bringing national attention to the dangers of drowsy driving. The "Awake at the Wheel" public education campaign to educate drivers of all ages about the risks of driving while drowsy in order to reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.

Drowsiness is similar to alcohol in how it compromises driving ability by reducing alertness and attentiveness, delaying reaction times, and hindering decision-making skills. The new data from AAA show that drowsy driving is a widespread hazard, causing an average of 328,000 motor vehicle accidents ...

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