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Daylight Saving contributes to dangerous driving, study finds

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The Daylight Saving Time switch is leading to more and more people getting behind the wheel while dangerously drowsy, according to a new study.

AAA said the extra hour of darkness, which is what was gained over the weekend, is leading to more accidents.

"The combination of drowsy driving and the time change, I think is going to put more people at risk," said Amy Parmenter, AAA spokesperson.

Motorcyclists, bicyclists and children are often out early in the morning.

AAA said they are some good reasons to make sure drivers stay alert on the roads.

"We hear a lot about drunk driving, we hear a lot about distracted driving, but really drowsy driving is really a contributing factor in about 20 percent of fatalities," Parmenter said.

According to AAA, its 2015 study showed that nearly all drivers saw drowsy driving as a serious threat. Nearly a third admitted to driving when they're so tired they can barely keep their eyes on the road.

It sounds simple, but drivers are urged to adjust sleeping habits and keep an eye out for children and others on the streets.

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