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New Study Highlights the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety argues that drowsy driving is a major cause of car accidents in the US. According to AAA, the number of car accidents caused by drowsy drivers is underreported by federal agencies. Government statistics claim 1 to 2 percent of car accidents are caused by drowsy driving. AAA claims drowsy driving may account for 8.8 to 9.5 percent of car accidents. In addition, AAA argued that 10.6 to 10.8 percent of crashes involving property damage, airbag deployment or injuries are caused by drowsy drivers. The 3,500 study participants agreed to be recorded with cameras during a 7-month period. AAA measured drowsiness by analyzing the percentage of time participant’s eyes were closed. During the study, AAA record several instances of drivers crossing into oncoming traffic or even crashing their vehicles. Is Drowsy Driving Similar to Drunk Driving? Drowsy driving may be…
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