The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a study that found that 1 in 24 adults or roughly 4 percent openly admitted to falling asleep while driving in the past month. The CDC says that those are the ones who admit to the dangerous behavior, but officials think that the number is in reality much higher. This number doesn’t include those who won’t admit to it or who do not even know they nodded off — a fact that is really scary.
The study found that men specifically in the age range of 25 to 34 were more likely to experience drowsy driving than women. According to researchers, people just aren’t getting enough sleep. In order to safely drive, officials recommend at least seven or nine hours of sleep each night.
While the statistics are not entirely shocking in that people are driving with insufficient sleep across the nation, the results of the behavior are incredibly scary. Studies predict that the percentage of fatal traffic crashes caused by drowsy driving range anywhere from three to 33 percent. Drowsy driving is gaining more attention because the symptoms and risks parallel those of drunk driving.
Drivers who fail to pull over when they know that they are having trouble staying awake are as dangerous as a driver who sits behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink. They are both negligent and even reckless actions that significantly increase the risk for those they share the road with.
Source: Boston.com, “CDC: 1 in 24 admit nodding off while driving,” Mike Stobbe, Jan. 3, 2013
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