Study blames drowsy driving for thousands of deaths

Traffic Congestion

November 8, 2010 8:50:48 AM PST
Drowsy driving is the cause of many more fatal crashes than previously thought.

A new study shows drowsy driving causes more than 5,500 traffic deaths each year. It's a factor in nearly 17 percent of all fatal crashes, according to study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed admit to falling asleep at the wheel.

Back in 1994, drowsy driving was a factor in only 3.6 percent of fatal crashes.