Thousands of Deadly Crashes Linked to Drowsy Driving - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Thousands of Deadly Crashes Linked to Drowsy Driving

Posted: Updated:

 (KCEN) -- One in 25 people confess to falling asleep behind the wheel in just a 30 day time frame, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on the survey of more than 90,000 Americans in 10 states and Puerto Rico, the CDC estimates 1.8 million drivers drive drowsy each month.

"That's extremely scary.  You're attentive to your own driving, but you don't worry about  someone else falling asleep on the road," Kristall Willaims said.

A mother of five, Kristall was shocked - to say the least - when she heard the new statistic. And the more she heard, the more shocked she became.

According the report, 7,500 deadly crashes are linked to drowsy driving each year. That's just under the 10,300 deadly accidents caused by drunk driving. "A lot of people know when they're getting tired. You know the signs to look for and to pull over. I think this is something that is preventable," she said.

"It's a big problem we deal with everyday, and the thing with drivers being fatigued is it happens at anytime, anywhere at any age," Bell County DPS Trooper Harpin Myers said.

Myers says driving drowsy can be just as bad as driving drunk. He says it impairs your judgement, blurs your vision and slows your reaction time. This makes it easy to run stop signs, weave in an out of lanes, cause you to speed or tailgate.

"I've seen people drifting off next to me for two or three seconds, and then they're running off the road," Myers said. "Can you imagine running off the road on a two lane road hitting a vehicle head on?"

Myers says the best thing to do is get between six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can't, try to take naps and rest if you know you will be driving long distances. Other things that can help are chewing gum, turning up the radio and air conditioning, and talking to someone. But if you feel yourself start to drift off, the safest thing is to pull over or have someone else take the wheel.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Boy Killed, Mother and Siblings Critically Injured after 18-wheeler Collides with SUV

    Boy Killed, Mother and Siblings Critically Injured after 18-wheeler Collides with SUV

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:07:36 GMT
    (RIESEL) -- An 18-wheeler and an SUV were in an accident Tuesday afternoon. It happened along Highway 6 and FM 1860 in Riesel.The extent of the injuries were unknown but there were reports that passengers had to be rescued from one of the vehicles. Two photos sent to KCEN by Kimberly Sowders, who was working nearby, showed extensive damage to the SUV. It appeared the 18-wheeler hit the SUV in the passenger side.We have a crew headed to the scene and we'll update this story as we get more info...More >>
    (RIESEL) -- An 18-wheeler and an SUV were in an accident Tuesday afternoon. It happened along Highway 6 and FM 1860 in Riesel.The extent of the injuries were unknown but there were reports that passengers had to be rescued from one of the vehicles. Two photos sent to KCEN by Kimberly Sowders, who was working nearby, showed extensive damage to the SUV. It appeared the 18-wheeler hit the SUV in the passenger side.We have a crew headed to the scene and we'll update this story as we get more info...More >>
  • Local Crooks Turn to Different Outlets to Sell Stolen Goods as Pawn Shops Improve

    Local Crooks Turn to Different Outlets to Sell Stolen Goods as Pawn Shops Improve

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:16:33 GMT
    Pawn Express in north WacoPawn Express in north Waco
    (KCEN) -- Pawn shops often get a bad rap; but the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the way pawn brokers operate. They're working with police more, and criminals are taking notice and changing up how they work.More >>
    (KCEN) -- Pawn shops often get a bad rap; but the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the way pawn brokers operate. They're working with police more, and criminals are taking notice and changing up how they work.More >>
  • 'A Global Threat': Obama Reveals Plan for Ebola Outbreak

    'A Global Threat': Obama Reveals Plan for Ebola Outbreak

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:30:31 GMT
     The United States is setting up a military command center to fight the "out of control" Ebola epidemic in West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. An Army major-general is already in place to direct a major U.S. push to build clinics, distribute supplies and train health care workers.The White House says it'll involve up to 3,000 troops and more than $500 million in spending."Hospitals, clinics and the few treatment centers that do exist are completely overwhelmed," Oba...More >>
     The United States is setting up a military command center to fight the "out of control" Ebola epidemic in West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. An Army major-general is already in place to direct a major U.S. push to build clinics, distribute supplies and train health care workers.The White House says it'll involve up to 3,000 troops and more than $500 million in spending."Hospitals, clinics and the few treatment centers that do exist are completely overwhelmed," Oba...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.