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October 25, 2014

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Health officials to sleepy drivers: Hit the hay, not the road

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This April 4, 2002, file photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a 15-passenger “Tippy Toes” day-care bus after it crashed into a bridge killing the driver and four of the six children aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board said the driver fell asleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest drowsy driving report on Thursday, July 3, 2014. According to a new survey, about 1 in 25 adults say they recently fell asleep while driving.

NEW YORK — Millions of U.S. drivers are expected to hit the highways this holiday weekend — and some of them may be nodding off behind the wheel.

According to a new government survey, about 1 in 25 adults say they recently fell asleep while driving.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest drowsy driving report on Thursday, along with some tips on how to stay awake. They include getting enough sleep the night before and breaking up the drive with naps, coffee breaks and a change if drivers. Also avoid driving late at night or very early in the morning.

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