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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Detection and Prevention

Driving while tired is equivalent to a DUI. Today's post was shared by NIOSH Transportation and comes from 
DID YOU KNOW? 100,000 crashes each year are caused by fatigued drivers55% of drowsy driving crashes are caused by drivers less than 25 years oldBeing awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is legally drunk and leaves you at equal risk for a crash

How can you tell if you are “driving while drowsy”?

Here are some signs that should tell a driver to stop and rest:* Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids* Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts* Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs* Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes* Trouble keeping your head up*

Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip* Feeling restless and irritable

Are You at Risk?

Before you drive, check to see if you are:* Sleep-deprived or fatigued (6 hours of sleep or less triples your risk)*

Suffering from sleep loss (insomnia), poor quality sleep, or a sleep debt* Driving long distances without proper rest breaks* Driving through the night, mid afternoon or when you would normally be asleep* Taking sedating medications (antidepressants, cold tablets, antihistamines)* Working more than 60 hours a week (increases your risk by 40%)* Working more than one job and your main job involves shift work* Drinking even small amounts of alcohol* Driving alone or on a long, rural, dark or boring road

Specific At-Risk Groups

The risk of having a crash due to drowsy driving is not...

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