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Report shows many car crashes involve drowsy driving

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More than 7,000 fatal car crashes might involve drowsy driving each year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers looked at survey data filled out by more than 90,000 Americans — in particular, questions about sleep patterns and driving habits.

They found 4 percent had fallen asleep while driving within the past month.

Drowsy driving poses its own risks with slower reaction times and less attention to surroundings.

Researchers found men, young drivers, binge drinkers and people who don't wear seatbelts were most likely to drive while sleepy.

Researchers say the best way to prevent drowsy driving is to get enough sleep and avoid alcohol before hitting the road.

Tactics like turning up the radio, rolling down the windows, and turning up the air conditioner don't work.

 

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