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04. 09. 2018

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Drowsy Driving

Approximately 1 in 25 adults aged 18 years or older report that they have fallen asleep while driving at least once in the previous 30 days.  Being sleep deprived is potentially more dangerous than drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported accidents are related to driver fatigue annually. Drowsy driving is one of the “four D’s” of impaired driving (drowsy, drunk, drugged and distracted).  Drowsiness causes drivers to have a slower reaction time, pay less attention to the road conditions, and make poor driving decisions.  If you happen to get drowsy while driving, the best thing you can do is pull over to a safe place and take a 15-20 minute nap, or grab a cup of coffee.  Simply turning up the music and rolling down the windows won’t do. To learn more about drowsy driving risks, please click here to read the full article.

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