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Bart Jansen , USA TODAY8:20 a.m. EST December 6, 2016
WASHINGTON — Drivers who skimp on just a couple of hours of sleep nearly double the risk of a crash, making drowsy driving about as dangerous as drunken driving, according to a report released Tuesday.
A review of thousands of crashes resulting in injuries found drivers were 1.3 times more likely to be involved in accidents if they missed an hour of sleep and 1.9 times more likely if they missed two of the seven hours recommended daily, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found.
About one-third of U.S. drivers get less than seven hours of sleep each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.