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Driving Drowsy Causes Fatal Crashes

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Ever get the head nods when driving down the road? You're not alone.

AAA of Montana finds that one in four drivers say they struggled to stay awake behind the wheel.

The age group with the most problems, 19 to 24, they report driving dangerously drowsy at 33%.

"All of a sudden you're feeling and kind of going along and kind of sitting in that comfy car with the heated seats doing all this and your heads getting heavier and heavier," said Ellen Robison, AAA travel advisor. "Pull over. Get the car off the road."

A motor club spokesperson says driving while fatigued is dangerous because it slows down reaction time, impairs vision and causes lapses in judgment.

AAA estimates driving sleepy causes 17% of fatal crashes.

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