Video shows Australian driver falling asleep at the wheel

Getting drowsy behind the wheel is a common experience, but it can have consequences as dire as drinking and driving. A driver in Western Australia learned this the hard way when they fell asleep while driving and plowed into a stand of trees at speed.

According to the Huffington Post, a Facebook group called Dash Cam Owners Australia posted a video in which a sleepy driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed their car into some trees. The caption on the video stated that the unidentified driver sent the video in as a warning not to drive while fatigued. The video was made around 4:40 a.m. on April 3 while the driver traveled along the Great Northern Highway near Herne Hill, Australia. It shows the driver cruising along the highway with Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" ironically blaring from the stereo when the car suddenly drifts across four lanes of traffic and into the trees at roughly fifty miles per hour. The condition of the anonymous driver is unknown, but they did provide a picture of their mangled car to DCOA as additional warning.

According to a National Sleep Foundation study, 60 percent of adult drivers–roughly 168 million people–report that they have driven while fatigued in the past year. In addition, more than one-third of these people reported falling asleep while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 100,000 police reported crashes are caused by sleepy drivers for a total of 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and 12.5 billion dollars in monetary losses.

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