Drowsing driving is a growing cause of injury accidents in Ohio, according to a study released today by the Dayton Daily News. The Ohio Department of Public Safety found that 1,415 injury crashes last year in Ohio were attributed to drivers that were fatigued, fell asleep or fainted.
That figure is up 7% from 2011 and 13% from 2010.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study states that a driver who has been awake for 18 hours has a cognitive impairment of someone who has a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent. The CDC also reports that about 4 percent of Americans said they drifted off to sleep while behind the wheel in the previous month.
The best advice? If you’re tired, pull over. It’s not worth injuring yourself or others.