ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An alarming new study shows drowsiness is another leading cause of fatal crashes.
Governors Highway Safety Association found that 21 hours without sleep mimics someone who has a blood-alcohol content level of .05 percent.
This new danger prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand its definition of impaired driving to include drunk, drugged, "distracted and now drowsy.
"Be aware that you're drowsy, pulling off the side of the road. If you need to get outside the car, walk around to regain your alertness. But just be aware that safety is everybody's responsibility," said State Farm Agent Tim Thomas.
Thomas said the best way to stop motorists from driving while drowsy are improving sleep education, strengthen graduated driver licensing, law enforcement training and public awareness and education.