America's Road Team, a group of million mile accident-free drivers, are taking the opportunity during National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week this week to reach out to the motoring public and talk about safety and the dangers of driving while drowsy.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, will take place Nov. 10-16, 2008, and is a far-reaching public awareness campaign developed to educate young drivers, their parents and others about drowsy driving and its prevention. The campaign aims to put drowsy driving in the headlights of parents, young people, teachers, school administrators, employers and the media.

Driving while drowsy is one of the leading causes of vehicular crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 100,000 crashes each year are due to driver fatigue. In addition, drowsy driving crashes result in at least 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses each year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving most often occurs during the late night/early morning or mid-afternoon hours. Drowsy driving crashes are likely to be serious, involve a single vehicle leaving the roadway where the driver does not attempt to avoid a crash.

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