Drivers know the signs of a driver who is under the influence or is distracted. What might come as a surprise to many is that drowsy driving carries many of the same hallmarks of DUI and distracted driving. It also has the same dangers of a car crash with the accompanying medical bills, lost wages and other problems from an accident. Research is now indicating that the problem of drowsy driving is far more prevalent than the federal government statistics showed.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a report that drew troublesome conclusions as to the dangers of drowsy driving. Using cameras in vehicles, AAA watched drivers' behaviors. By doing this, it found that the statistics are eight times higher than what they were thought to be. Drowsy driving is believed to account for an estimated 10 percent of all accidents.