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    Default Drowsy Driving

    I just came across some rather startling numbers that go to the heart of our many recommendations to not try to drive too many miles in a single day or to drive through the night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates, drowsy driving annually leads to 1550 deaths and over 71,000 injuries. And I'm sure that every one of those impaired drivers thought that they could handle it.

    AZBuck

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    AZBuck, thank you for that. I have been trying to find out who collates these statistics in this country.

    Lifey who has sent them her enquiry

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    Default Creating awareness

    This reminds me of the TAC's sponsored roadside signs at home. We do not have the prolifiration of billboards sprouting everything from porn to the Ten Commandments. Along our highways and country roads, as well as main urban throughways are road safety signs which read....

    Fatigue Kills

    Drowsy Drivers Die

    A Power Nap Could Safe Your Life

    A Microsleep Can Kill in Seconds

    and others which do not come to mind right now.

    There are also similar signs which focus on Speeding, Drinking and Distractions (phones, etc.).

    Sprinkled along the full length of roads, they keep a driver's mind focused on road safety.

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    Default Drowsy Driving

    Road safety first. This should be the priority of all the drivers to avoid accidents. I have found A small device that will keep you and others safe during a long, drowsy drive. All you need to do is turn the device on, adjust the wake up switch, and place it behind your ear. Then when your head slumps forward as you begin to doze off behind the wheel, it produces a loud, powerful beeping noise that will snap you out of your snooze.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 09-10-2009 at 06:22 AM. Reason: Removed Name of Product and Other Advertising

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    Default Exactly Wrong

    The previous post is pretty clearly a spammer, but I've left it up to add a comment to those who might think this sort of product is a good idea.

    Falling asleep behind the wheel is one danger of drowsy driving, but it is hardly the only one.

    If you get to the point where you are starting to nod off, you have already driven well beyond the point where you are operating your vehicle safely. When you are at the point where you can not keep yourself awake, your reaction times are already well below the point of a drunk driver with a BAC of .08. It only takes a second to make a deadly mistake while driving a 3 thousand pound machine at 60 miles an hour, by the time a wake up device sounds an alarm, you may have already made a fatal mistake.

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    Default Ludicrous.

    I agree with you totally Michael, to suggest that having a device that will wake you up while driving is a "safety device" for driving when drowsy is just ludicrous.
    When you start to feel tired pull off the road at the first convenient and safe place to do so and get some rest. If it's a "power nap" make sure you get out of the vehicle and walk around a bit before continuing.

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