Crashes a reminder to avoid drowsy driving

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - As we've seen in the recent car crash in Hubbell, drowsy driving is very dangerous. According to law enforcement officials, nationally more than 100,000 crashes a year are caused by drowsy driving. That results in 40,000 injuries and more than 1,500 deaths. Some experts say the effects of drowsy driving can even be compared to driving drunk.

"It is very dangerous and the experts equal it to almost drunk driving; if you have sleep deprIvation for 24 hours it's like driving at a .10, driving drunk. It lowers your reaction time, it impairs your judgment," said Greg Zyburt, Marquette County Sheriff.

The National Sleep Foundation says if you see the signs of drowsy driving, find a safe place to stop for a short nap or for a longer period of rest. Having a travel companion can also help you stay alert and share the driving.