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Police: Driver Crashes While Asleep Behind The Wheel

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Driving while asleep behind the wheel is to blame for a Colorado Springs crash, according to police.

Authorities say the driver had just finished working a double shift when she ran off the road hitting a curb and several signs

The driver was not hurt.

She's okay, but cops say this is a good time to remind all of us about the dangers. Next week happens to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

It’s estimated that 37 percent of adults admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel, but law enforcement says that's just the ones who admitted to it.

"The likelihood of a drowsy driver getting into a fatal crash is as high as driving while intoxicated,” says Colorado State Trooper JR Benavides. He tells 11 News that many drivers who call to report drunk drivers on the roads are in fact, drowsy drivers.

"Nationally, 1,550 crashes involving drowsy driving resulted in a fatal crash."

From the National Sleep Foundation, the warning signs you're getting tired:
1. Frequent head nods
2. Yawning becomes constant
3. Vision seems blurry

“I was at a concert with my brother and we spent the night in Golden. We drove home early the next day when he fell asleep. I took control of the steering wheel and woke him up. I drove home from there,” driver Elizabeth Harrison says. She never hits the road if she's remotely tired.

The National Sleep Foundation says before you hit the road, make sure you have had enough sleep. Take breaks if you're driving long distances, every 100 miles or two hours. Have a friend travel with you.

If cops catch you dozing while driving, you'll get a ticket for careless driving.

Most drowsy driving crashes occurred between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. until 4.


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  • by anon on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    The story is still newsworty, you are just nosy. It happened on fillmore in front of the redstone shopping center.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    Yeah but the idiot troopers will harass you if you are sleeping at a rest area off any of the interstate highways in this state cuz they are afraid you might be camping there in your car. On the east coast, you can pull off and actually sleep all night in your car or motorhome. Amazing using a rest area for rest...hmm.
  • by mr x Location: spgs on Oct 25, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    you're lucky!
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Oct 25, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    When and where did this happen? Without that information the story is not newsworthy.
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