Sleepy drivers raise road toll

Driving while tired is contributing to the deaths of hundreds of Australians every year and should be made illegal, the Sleep Health Foundation says.

David Hillman

David Hillman

The foundation has published a report showing four out of 10 Australians aren’t getting enough sleep, affecting their learning and decision-making as well as increasing the risk of mental and physical illness.

Falling asleep at the wheel of a vehicle, and industrial accidents involving sleep-deprived workers, are estimated to claim the lives of 394 people a year.

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