Police: 1 in 25 adult drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel

Police: 1 in 25 adult drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel (Photo: West Jordan PD / Facebook)

(KUTV)- If you’ve ever gotten behind the wheel while feeling drowsy, you’re not alone.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 25 adult drivers have reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel in the past 30 days.

Although driving while exhausted may seem relatively harmless, it has serious consequences. You could get into a car accident and possibly harm yourself or someone else.

West Jordan Police Department turned to Facebook Monday afternoon to send the public a safety message.

"Hundreds of people in this country are dying in traffic crashes each year because they fall asleep at the wheel," the police department said.

"The pics below outline a case that occurred in West Jordan a few weeks back that illustrate the deadly effects of falling asleep at the wheel. Luckily the driver in this incident was OK and no one else was hurt," the post said.

Moral of the story: "Stay awake and stay safe. If you are tired, stop and take a break, or better yet, don't drive drowsy at all if you can avoid it."

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