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My Take - Drowsy Driving

Regular viewers of my editorials know two things I'm highly opposed to are texting while driving and driving under the influence. But I saw some statistics this week that really got my attention about another potential danger. A 10-year study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows 5,500 traffic deaths each year are caused by someone falling asleep at the wheel. Forty-one percent of drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives, with 10% saying it had happened to them in the last year. The National Sleep Foundation suggests you stop driving if you have difficulty focusing or frequently blink with heavy eyelids, have difficulty keeping your head up, are drifting from your lane, don't clearly remember the last few miles, experience excessive yawning or feel restless, irritable or aggressive. If you experience any of these symptoms, get some rest and don't drive. It's better to arrive late than not arrive at all. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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