Drowsy driving more pervasive than previously thought: study
More drivers admitted to driving drowsy in the past year, according to findings from a study (.pdf file) released Nov. 8 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Data was collected for the Washington-based foundation's 2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index.
Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 people 16 and older last spring and found:
- 41 percent of drivers admitted to having "fallen asleep or nodded off" while driving at some point in their lives.
- 11 percent of drivers admitted to falling asleep or nodding off in the past year, and 3.9 percent admitted doing so in the past month.
- More than 1 out of every 4 drivers admitted to having driven when they were sleepy and had a hard time keeping their eyes open.