Drowsy driving remains an elusive highway dilemma

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By FRANK ELTMAN
Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Many Americans admit they've
done it, but safety experts say drowsy driving is a problem motorists
are just starting to wake up to.

A fatigue expert on the National Transportation Safety Board says drowsy driving can be as bad as drunken driving.

Police today can easily determine how much alcohol
is in a driver's blood or whether someone has taken illegal drugs. But
proving a driver's drowsiness is not as easy.

A bus driver was recently acquitted of manslaughter
and negligent homicide in a 2011 New York City bus crash that killed
15. Prosecutors alleged he was all but asleep at the wheel, but a jury
decided there wasn't enough proof to convict him.

Federal statistics show more than 11,000 deaths were attributed to drowsy driving from 2000 to 2010.

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