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One-in-Four Drivers Struggling to Stay Awake While Driving

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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 safety.

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.