A recent study found driving while drowsy causes about 100,000 motor-vehicle crashes and more than 1,500 deaths each year. This podcast discusses groups of drivers at highest risk for sleep-related automobile accidents and encourages drivers to pay attention to warning signs of drowsiness while behind the wheel. Created: 11/11/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 11/11/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Don't Sleep while Driving
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week — November 8–14, 2010
Recorded: November 2, 2010; posted: November 11, 2010
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC — safer, healthier people.
Driving while not fully alert is more dangerous than you might think. A recent study found that driving while drowsy causes about one hundred thousand motor-vehicle crashes and more than fifteen hundred deaths each year. The groups at highest risk for sleep-related crashes include commercial bus and truck drivers, people who work irregular hours, and those with sleep disorders. The warning signs that tell you ‘it’s time to get off the road’ are having trouble keeping your eyes open, yawning, drifting from your lane, or hitting rumble strips. Pull off the road and take a short nap or get some coffee. Driving while drowsy is a disaster waiting to happen.
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