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Fatigue as Cause of Accidents

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Colorado ranks sixth in U.S. for fatalities from drowsy driving; Wyoming ranks number one, according to a recent article in the Rocky Mountain News

The federal government has conservatively estimated that about 100,000 crashes a year are caused by driver fatigue, resulting in 71,000 people being injured and 1,500 fatalities. But safety officials said those figures are probably low because of the difficulty of determining fatigue as the cause of an accident, especially when alcohol or other factors are involved.

“The statistics undoubtedly underestimate the true nature of the problem,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Drowsy driving, definitely, is one of the largest and less appreciated problems in traffic safety.”