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Study: 1-In-25 Drivers Admit To Driving While Drowsy

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(NJ Turnpike, in 2010 file photo)

(NJ Turnpike, in 2010 file photo)

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By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control finds in the past month, more than 4 percent of people say they’ve nodded off while driving.

The CDC says this is the largest sampling size to date – nearly 150,000 people. It confirms other findings that more than 1-in-25 drivers have nodded off in the past month.

The CDC says drowsy driving could play a role in up to 33 percent of all fatal crashes in the US.

Drivers along the New Jersey Turnpike say if you get sleepy, forget winding down the windows, or cranking up the music, there’s only one thing to do:

“It’s so much safer to pull off. You’re not just killing yourself, you’re killing a lot of other people on the road. And they didn’t deserve it, just because you were ignorant.”

In addition to making sure you get enough sleep, the report also urges drivers with sleep disorders to get treatment, and it also seconds a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggestion that employers of anyone who works an abnormal shift either provide transportation or allow them to nap at work.

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