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We all know speeding is dangerous, and distracted driving is dangerous, and drunk (impaired driving) is dangerous, but often drivers fail to recognize the dangers of drowsy driving.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 21 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes involve driver fatigue. One third of crashes involving a drowsy driver also result in injuries, according to The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Motor Vehicle Crash

In 2016 approximately 4.6 million roadway users were seriously injured in car crashes, a 7% increase from the year prior. The National Safety Council recently released survey findings that offer insights into what driver behaviors are contributing to motor vehicle crashes. 64% of drivers admitted they are comfortable speeding, 47% of drivers admitted they are comfortable texting, and 10% admitted they are comfortable driving after consuming alcohol.

National teen driver safety week

Saturday, October 22nd marked the conclusion of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-October 22, 2016). The purpose of the national initiative was to bring awareness to the risks teen drivers face and to hopefully reduce the number of young people hurt and killed in crashes. 

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15-19. According to statistics roughly 335 teens are hurt every day in motor vehicle crashes. 

The NYSDMC released statistical data in regards to motor vehicle accidents in New York State.

Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2013

• There were a total of 304,804 crashes in New York State in 2013, only 259,740 were reported by police.

• Of those 304,804 crashes, 1,109 (or 4%) were fatal. All were reported by police.