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updated: 2/25/2013 2:09 PM

Avoid drowsy driving to arrive safely

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David Hass

DUPAGE COUNTY--The week of March 4-8 is National Sleep Awareness Week and the DuPage County Health Department reminds County residents about the dangers of drowsy driving and why the proper amount of sleep is required to avoid accidents.

Americans freely admit that they drive when they are sleepy, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which encourages tired people not to drive for their safety and the safety of others.

The Health Department says stop driving if you exhibit these warning signs:

• Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking and/or heavy eyelids

• Difficulty keeping daydreams at bay

• Trouble keeping your head up

• Drifting from your lane, swerving or tailgating

• Inability to clearly remember the last few miles driven

• Missing exits or traffic signs

• Yawning repeatedly

• Feeling restless, irritable or aggressive

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