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Drowsy driving just as risky as drunk driving

November 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, according to a new study from AAA. The study suggested that driving after staying awake for 24 hours was the same as having a blood-alcohol level of 0.10.

Officials said 17 percent of fatal crashes are a result of drowsy driving. Similar to alcohol and drugs, drowsy driving decreases awareness, slows reaction time and impairs judgment. Every year, 44,000 people are killed in these kinds of accidents.