The dangers of driving while drowsy

About 100,000 reported car accidents each year are caused by sleepy drivers

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BOSTON (WWLP) – There can be so many distractions behind the wheel, from texting to eating. It’s an issue that is often overlooked. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Somerville State Representative Denise Provost held a legislative briefing Tuesday about the dangers of falling asleep behind the wheel. This, as most Americans prepare to set their clocks back an hour Sunday morning at 2:00AM.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 100-thousand reported car accidents each year are caused by sleepy drivers, resulting in about 1,550 deaths.

Poll: 60% of drivers say they’ve driven while drowsy

Marian Berkowitz knows that pain all too well. Her brother, Jim, died in a car accident after he fell asleep driving. Berkowitz told 22News, “That’s the hard part because it’s totally preventable, so that’s the message I’m trying to get out now. All you have to do is pull over and take a nap.”

If you’re ever tired behind the wheel, AAA Northeast encourages you to pull over and rest in a well-lit parking lot away from traffic.