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Default Sleepy Drivers Kill More Than Red Light Runners

Full article at http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/63/6336.asp

Federal statistics show more people are killed by drivers asleep at the wheel than by those exceeding the speed limit or running a red light.

"Motorists are more likely to be killed by a drowsy driver than a red light runner. According to data released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who failed to get enough sleep caused an average of 824 fatalities each year -- 2.5 percent of the nationwide road toll. By comparison, the latest NHTSA data show an average of 708 red light running fatalities annually.

Less attention is paid to the issue of drowsy driving because there is no automatic way to detect it and issue a citation. NHTSA's data are compiled from the reports made by the officers at the scene of the accident assigning blame on a standardized crash form to drivers who were extremely fatigued or even asleep just before an accident occurred. Drowsy driving is listed a cause in minor fender benders far less often."
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