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DEFENDANT CLAIMS TO BE AWAKE

It is estimated that 1-3% of all road traffic accidents are due to driver drowsiness45 and perhaps 10% of serious accidents and 20% of motorway accidents in the UK. There are now more fatal accidents related to driver sleepiness than to driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. These accidents typically involve males under the age of 30 who are driving alone. They appear to be poor at recognizing the degree of their sleepiness.46