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What puts you at most risk on the road?

Although drowsy driving is eclipsed as a highway hazard by speeding, drunken driving and distracted driving, 41 percent of drivers say they have done it, according to the report from the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Falling asleep while driving results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  November 9, 2010; 8:16 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It's hard to believe (from the chart as it currently stands) that people so overwhelmingly rank drunk driving least dangerous.

All three activities are unacceptably dangerous, of course. But my view is that drowsy drivers retain at least some ability to reason and recognize that they're impaired (although they usually feel compelled to try to get where they're going), and texters will at least finish at some point, hopefully before they have an accident. Drunk drivers, by contrast, have no clue and will take some time to sober up.

Posted by: Itzajob | November 9, 2010 11:42 AM

I cannot wait to see how big brother government will try to prevent people from driving while drowsy, early morning sleep checkpoints, c'mon grow a pair...!

Posted by: goziner | November 9, 2010 9:43 PM

" What puts you at most risk on the road?"

I don't drink and drive.
I don't text and drive.
On occasion, I have continued to drive when I am drowsy. Ergo the thing that puts me at most risk on the road is drowsy driving.

The drug users of all kinds including alcohol are at the wheel in the evening or early morning when I am safely in bed.

Texting and telephoning are going on all day long and so a continual danger one has to add to the inherent danger of driving in the U.S. Shame the public safety officers are not allowed to give tickets to anyone caught in this irresponsible act.

Posted by: AmericanInterestsFirstandLast | November 9, 2010 10:20 PM

@Itzajob: The reason why texting while driving is even worse than drunk and drowsy driving is your not even looking at the road period. I don't quite understand how people drive straight texting. Seriously, try it sometime in a closed area.

Drowsy driving is worse because at least with drunk driving your awake and your eyes are somewhat on the road. Think about it, whats the most common response after an accident? Something along the lines of I didn't see the person/stoplight/stop sign, etc.

Posted by: coldfusion1787 | November 9, 2010 10:37 PM

Not to worry, the cell phone companies, just like tobacco before them, are spending millions to stop any prohibition of texting while driving.

Or at night the moron dressed in black walking with traffic on the side of the road with a cell phone in his ear. You can't fix stupid.

Or the Mommy at the stop light who is on the phone, with a line of traffic behind her while the light changes as she is blabbing about what kind of butter to buy at the store.

Who are these people?

It has become common place to see some idiot in front of you in the passing lane driving below the speed limit, weaving in and out of the lane while he/she is texting or just talking, or playing with their GPS, or the worst, watching a TV in the front seat.

This whole PDA, smart phone phenomena appeals to narcissistic personalities who always have to "be in touch". If they asked who they were contacting if they were being a pest, the answer would be a resounding yes.

Yet the politicians don't respond. This stuff is more addictive and dangerous than alcohol.

Where is MADD when we need them?

Posted by: wesatch | November 10, 2010 7:23 AM

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