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NTSB releases drowsy driving alert for teens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Further, recent research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that one in five fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver. Other research shows that drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the greatest risk of being involved in a drowsy driving crash.

To call attention to the risks posed by driving drowsy, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a safety alert, Drowsy Driving Among Young Drivers. The alert underscores the problem, shares the latest statistics, and offers recommendations to minimize the risks.

According to a recent AAA Foundation study, many drivers who understood the risks of drowsy driving admitted they had, nonetheless, driven while fatigued. Specifically, the AAA survey found that 96 percent of drivers see drowsy driving as a serious threat and a completely unacceptable behavior; however, among that same group, 3 in 10 admitted to driving when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.

Lack of sleep slows reaction time and makes drivers more susceptible to forgetting or overlooking important tasks. A few seconds is all it takes to drift out of the lane or to miss a stopped vehicle on the road ahead. Individuals can take steps to help avoid the risks by making sleep a priority and avoiding driving late at night and early in the morning.

For more information, visit www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/Documents/SA_061.pdf

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Caption: The teenage driver of this wrecked car crossed the median and collided with a freight truck in Robstown, TX, in March 2016. The NTSB investigated and determined that the probable cause of the crash was "the loss of control by the driver of the [car], due to inattention resulting from fatigue."

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