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January 26, 2000

Drowsy Driving Risk

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JAMA. 2000;283(4):470. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.470-JQU90012-2-1

People who work the night shift, long hours, or more than one job are at increased risk of being in a vehicular crash, according to a new study that specifically examined crashes in which the driver was fatigued or fell asleep at the wheel.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center studied police reports and drivers' records. Their analysis included telephone interviews with 467 drivers who were in recent sleep-related crashes, 529 who were in crashes that weren't sleep-related, and 407 who had not been in a crash in the last 3 years.

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