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Sleepy drivers are everywhere, says CDC study

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Gridlock traffic is pictured on highway 395 as people evacuate Washington after an earthquake
Gridlock traffic is pictured on highway 395 as people evacuate Washington after an earthquake

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -  Falling asleep at the wheel is more common than you might think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a study showing 1-in-24 adults recently fell asleep while driving. Researchers think the number might be higher, since most people don’t realize when they nod off for a couple of seconds.

Drowsy driving was more common in men, and in all people ages 25 to 34. It’s also a problem for those who averaged less than six hours of sleep each night. The study also found more Texans doze off while driving, but can’t explain why.

The government estimates that about 3% of fatal traffic crashes involve drowsy drivers, but other organizations claim the government is underestimating and blame up to 33% of fatal crashes on sleepy drivers.

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