AAA Warns Of The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — AAA is spreading the word about drowsy driving after new data showed an astounding one in every six fatal crashes involved a drowsy driver.

According to the study, the problem is more common than most people realize. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 41 percent admitted they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point.

“It creeps up on you. It can impair your judgment, it slows your reaction time,” Robert Sinclair of AAA said.

Statistics showed the biggest culprits were young male drivers between 16-24 years old.

CBS 2’s Rob Morrison spoke with two road trippers at a rest area in New Jersey — the only state where drowsy driving is a crime.

They said they were aware of the danger of falling asleep at the wheel.

“We got some coffee and some Red Bulls — whatever it takes to keep us going,” Josh Zalmanov said.

Rumble strips used to be the only warning for drivers who drifted off. Today, highly engineered cars can sound a warning alarm.

But AAA said rest was the only real solution.

“Taking a break probably every two or three hours is very helpful in preventing drowsy driving,” Sinclair said.

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  1. MRS I UNDERSTAND says:

    AND I GUESS ALL THE SELFISH PEOPLE WHO INDULGE IN “DROWSY DRIVING” NEEDED THE AAA TO GIVE THEM A WARNING. YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE HIGHLY INTOXICATED OR DRIVING WITH A BLINDFOLD. JUST IMAGINE IF IT WERE YOUR MOTHER<DAUGHTER<FATHER<SON..WHO WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A "DROWSY DRIVER". UTILIZE THE COMMON SENSE THAT TELLS YOU (WE HOPE) TO PULL OVER..STOP AT A REST STOP….OR JUST DON'T DRIVE AT ALL !!!

  2. marwan says:

    AAA should investigate those who are taking different sleeping drugs like Lunesta and Ambien to fall aslpeep before they reach home since the medicine works after 30 minutes on average. Those are potential drowsy drivers and form a threat to the rest of the drivers out there. There is a class action going at the moment against those drugs since they cause a person who takes them to possibly drive a car while asleep. I am questioning the FDA on how did they approve such a drug knowing that it causes dangers to others???

  3. Jimmy Henry says:

    I had twice been involved in accidents because of driving while drowsy. The humdrum sound of the tires on the road is very conducive to slumber. The first experience should have taught me a lesson but there are times when I disregard my sleepy condition and drive. Thus, it resulted to the second accident. I now swear that next time, I will never drive while sleepy. Whenever I drive now and I seem to lose my alertness, I stop, go around the car whjile doing some stretching , Take deep breaths, turn on the radio and sing along with the music. Singing will, at least keep me alert.

  4. MysteryMan says:

    I work overnight so I experience this on a daily basis. However, when I begin to feel drowsy while I am driving, I pull onto the shoulder of the road and take a quick 20 minute power nap. That should be sufficient enough to prevent drowsiness while driving. I would rather get somewhere 20 minutes late than not at all.

  5. richard ssewagudde says:

    i agree with the issue of taking a rest,some people do not take enough rest especially when they are going to drive long distances and it gets worse when the roads are so smooth like those in the USA.Here in Uganda you can be kept awake by the rough nature of our roads.Richard ssewagudde AAUganda

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