AAA study finds drowsy-driving crashes more prevalent than thought

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A new study released by AAA shows that drowsy-driving crashes occur eight times higher than federal studies indicate.

The organization studied the dashcam video from more than 700 crashes to confirm its results.

“Drowsy driving is a bigger traffic safety issue than federal estimates show,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

“Drivers who don’t get enough sleep are putting everyone on the road at risk.”

AAA said they studied the driver’s faces in the minutes leading up the crash and used a scientific measure to link the percentage of time a person’s eyes are closed to their level of drowsiness.

The video showed researchers that 9.5 percent of all crashes and 10.8 percent of crashes resulting in significant property damage involved drowsiness.

Current federal estimates say drowsiness is a factor in 1 to 2 percent of crashes.