By FRANK ELTMAN
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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