At this time of year we often hear about the dangers of drink driving. Less well publicized is the effect of drowsy driving - which can be just as dangerous.
According to a study released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, nine out of ten police officers reported stopping a driver they believed was drunk only to find they were actually drowsy instead. The academy also claims that 80,000 people fall asleep at the wheel every day and there are more than 250,000 sleep-related car accidents every year. That works out as driver sleepiness being related to one in every five serious car accidents.
Perhaps in addition to publicizing the dangers of drink driving, we should be paying more attention to insomnia and sleepiness - the statistics show it's just as dangerous.
Last updated: June 28, 2016