What are the chances of falling asleep at the wheel?

According to Department for Transport (DFT) statistics, around 300 people are killed each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel, and about 4 in 10 tiredness-related crashes involve someone driving a commercial vehicle:

  • Sleep-related accidents are worse because of the high speed of impact.
  • Sleep kills at least as many people as alcohol. It is quite common for workers to be driving around with a similar level of impairment because of sleepiness as someone at or beyond the legal limit for alcohol.

There is no similar level of public disapproval for those driving around sleepily. But these people are twice as likely to kill someone as drivers who are fully awake.

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