BELLEVUE, WA, -- According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than one in four drivers had a hard time staying awake while driving last month.
In a report from AAA, drivers ages 19-24 were the most likely to drive while drowsy, while the oldest drivers (ages 75+) and the youngest (ages 16-18) were the least likely to report having been drowsy behind the wheel.
The study found that 95% of drivers believe it is
somewhat or completely unacceptable to drive while struggling to stay awake. More than 80% believe
that drowsy drivers pose a somewhat or very serious threat to their personal
According to a similar AAA study from 2010, an estimated 17% of fatal crashes, 13% of
crashes resulting in hospitalization and 7% of all crashes requiring
a tow involved a drowsy driver.
The data from the study are from the sample of 2,325 licensed drivers, ages 16
and older, who reported driving in the past 30 days.