WAYNE COUNTY, IL- Wsiltv.com reports that a woman and two small children were hospitalized following a single-vehicle collision in Wayne County on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The crash happened on I-64.
The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Brooke Lewis, was traveling east when she fell asleep. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, veered off of the Interstate, and then returned to the road where it flipped.
In addition to Lewis, two passengers, ages 2 and 10 months, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries.
Lewis received citations for “Improper Lane Usage and Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle.”
Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel are a major hazard on the road. The National Highway Safety Administration says that about 72,000 car accidents occur every year because of drowsy drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the people at the greatest risk of driving while drowsy are those that get an insufficient amount of sleep, commercial drivers, such as truckers, people who work the night shift or extended shifts, drivers with sleep disorders that are not being properly treated, and drivers who take medications that make them tired.
The CDC advises drivers who feel themselves getting drowsy to pull off of the road. While many people think that turning on loud music or opening the car windows is enough to wake them up, this is not true. If you notice warning signs of fatigue, including frequent yawning and blinking, trouble remembering the last few miles you drove, missing your exit, drifting out of your lane, or hitting the rumble strips that mark the side of the road, then it is important to get some rest or switch with another driver.
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