Drowsy Drivers Make Roads Dangerous For All
Posted December 20, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — The long hours you are putting in at work could make you a dangerous driver. UNC researchers say tired drivers are a risk to themselves and to everyone else on the road.
At a Washington, D.C. news conference Tuesday, UNC researchers releasedthe results of a studyinvolving 1,400 North Carolina drivers.
Their findings include:
David Willis, Foundation for Traffic Safety "You're a disaster waiting to happen. Don't drive drowsy get a full night of sleep before you hit the roadless than 6 hours is not enough." "We worked with the DMV in Raleigh, North Carolina to ID a sample of drivers who had recently been involved in sleep-related crashes," explains Dr. Jane Stutts of the UNC study. -->The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeing more and more accidents where people fall asleep at the wheel. They say the accidents are easy to avoid.
Trooper L.B. Horton has a few suggestions: