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Drowsy drivers dangerous on roads

Washington residents may be interested to learn that according to a recent survey done by AAA, about two out of five drivers have nodded off while driving a vehicle. On November 4, a forum on driving while fatigued, Asleep at the Wheel, was held in Washington, D.C. The director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration addressed the forum and said that roughly 5,000 to 7,000 vehicle fatalities each year are the result of driving while drowsy.

Among all major National Transportation Safety Board investigations, fatigue was a factor in one in five accidents, and from 2001 to 2012, fatigue was a factor in 39.5 percent of major investigations. In an earlier survey conducted in 2010, AAA found that 16.5 percent of fatal accidents occur due to fatigued drivers.

Wreck in Seattle leaves 1 motorcyclist dead

While the following story is a couple of weeks old, it still exemplifies the dangers of reckless driving and shows how a fatal motor vehicle accident can affect many lives.

The crash in question happened in Seattle, Washington and it involved two speeding motorcycles and another vehicle. Apparently the two motorcycles were traveling at speeds that exceeded 100 miles per hour, and one of them crashed into the back of a car. The woman driving that motorcycle was tossed from her vehicle and landed some 75 feet away. She was killed in the crash.

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