AAA: Drowsy driving to blame in 10 percent of car crashes

LEXINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) — A new report from AAA shows the dangers of being sleepy behind the wheel.

According to the report, 10 percent of all car crashes are linked to driving while drowsy.

“Drowsy driving, sleepiness really creeps up on you,” said Mary Maguire of AAA. “Before you know, you could be in a crash. It happens quickly.”

AAA shared video of a drowsy driver behind the wheel, showing his car cross the center lines on a highway and bump into a car. Maguire said something similar happened to her son when he was 17 years old. She said he was driving home from a homecoming dance until he fell asleep at the wheel and seriously injured his arm.

AAA suggests that drivers who are feeling sleepy should pull over or go to a rest stop, so they can stretch or nap. Coffee and fresh air are not recommended solutions.

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