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Drowsy driving responsible for 100,000 crashes a year

Drowsy Driving Responsible for 100,000 Crashes a Year

'Fox & Friends' reports 60 percent of Americans admit to drowsy driving on a daily basis. To test the the dangers, it sent reporter Clayton Morris out with the Virginia Tech research team for a controlled experiment.

He stayed up most of the night to ensure he would be sleepy. The reporter drove a car with two cameras in it and a special foot pedal on the passenger's side, in case a researcher had to take control.

Morris was on the road for a total of 70 minutes. About once every three minutes, he showed signs of impaired driving by swerving, for instance. WDBJ reports with Daylight Savings just around the corner, drivers need to be especially careful.

'Many of you will have to deal with a darker morning drive or even sun glare. Experts warn to get plenty of sleep Sunday evening in preparation for Daylight Saving Time to avoid drowsy driving.'

Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

'They impact 17 percent of all fatal crashes. So we're gonna keep it safe and slow on Monday.'

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rcarrowood March 10 2014 at 9:45 PM

very scary...have dozed off on the road...so scary!

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kenyng March 10 2014 at 12:18 PM

True,being tired and sleepy while driving can be dangerous, but the texting and talking on the cell phone while jesturing with both hands at 60mph is worse.

I have been driving for 52 years and have driven more than 2 million accident free miles. (counting the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, England, France, Belgium, and Germany)

16 years driving 150 miles a day while using a CB.

But today there are so many distractions in your car, cell phomes, GPS navagation, warning chimes when you wander too close to the line in the road, dvd players, computers have had to be installed to stop the car before you hit something,

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cgssnavickas March 10 2014 at 12:16 PM

Technology may help you get to point a to point B, but it doesn't prevent stupidity in driving while drowsy.

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topjimi1 March 10 2014 at 12:16 PM

Whereas I agree that there are MANY causes of distracted driving from being tired to texting to driving impared, I disagree that we need MORE governmental controls. What we need is responsible drivers. Like my father was.. I learned to drive, not from some 6 week course in school, but by watching my parents drive for 15 years before I received a permit. THey showed me to drive sensibly and cautiously. THey taught me to slow down and allow other drivers to merge into traffic. They showed me how to drive courteously and avoid incidents. THey taught me that even driving with the radio on can be a distraction. My father was a doctor. He had seen the result of far too many traffic accidents in his hospital emergency room. I have been driving now for 40 years and have no accidents to report other than one woman coming over a hill and rear ending me because I was stopped for a turning car and she didnt have time to react. MAybe if we all slowed down, became aware of other drivers, exhibited courtesy towards onther drivers and put other tasks off until we were NOT driving, these statistics would change. But then, that requires that we all take responsibility for our actions, something that most seem incapable of doing.

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asunofra March 10 2014 at 11:50 AM

The screaming need for automatic driving protection systems in all cars cannot be clearer than it is today. Sleep driving has always been there but underreported. Now its reported, and add texting and phone dialing/talking....this is nothing less than a underrated crisis.

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T Rock March 10 2014 at 11:47 AM

Drowsy, drunk or distracted -makes no difference - It seems as if when people get behind the wheel they forget about (or don't know) the responsibility or laws involved. Having a drivers license is not a right, it is a priveledge one must earn. If you consider it your right to endanger other drivers by not paying attention or following the laws then YOU are part of the problem. Use turn signals! Don't stop in the middle of the road when you miss your turn or are lost. Don't drive in the passing lane and get off the damn phone!!

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torchlund March 10 2014 at 5:45 PM

The idea that insurance companies could have a lot of control over what drivers can be allowed to do would be evident if, any driver in an accident was Texting, or using hand held devices, food, or drink, ect. or excessive speed , or impaired driving with drugs or alcohol, or careless preventable acts ( expand the list at your own judgement). In other words doing anything other than defensive careful driving, would by percent of fault, reduce the insurance payout/coverage for all but injury and property damage. Why should coverage include the reimbursement to the careless, impaired, inattentive idiot that causes and accident.

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lgvxl42 March 10 2014 at 11:30 AM

.............NO PROBLEM! I take a pillow along for just such emergencies. Between it & the air bag, all is well.

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rmorrell200 March 10 2014 at 10:59 AM

Colorado has a new problem. Driving while "High" and law enforcement is being trained on how to spot a high driver. (not the golf club) Yet did you know that aggressive driving kills to and so does texting while driving kills even more? Millions of deaths could be averted if people changed their behavior. Think they will?

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buddyboygabe rmorrell200 March 10 2014 at 11:35 AM

or, these truck drivers, who has a serious attitudes problems, think they owned the road.

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T Rock rmorrell200 March 10 2014 at 11:51 AM

What if you were high when you learned to drive? Alot of kids that grew up in the 70's were high all thru junior + senior high school.

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cgssnavickas March 10 2014 at 10:40 AM

Drunk driving, driving while high, drowsy driving...All preventable. Just get enough sleep, don't drink or shoot up before getting behind the wheel, and don't text or answer the cell phone. It's amazing how much that helps.

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headin2mo cgssnavickas March 10 2014 at 11:15 AM

You are so "on the money". I guess people think it won't happen to them, huh? But it does!!!

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