asleep at the wheel


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asleep at the wheel

not paying attention asleep at the switch Why was our government asleep at the wheel when the crisis began?
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of asleep at the wheel (sleeping while driving a vehicle)
See also: asleep, wheel
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Men under 30 are the most likely to fall asleep at the wheel in the early hours of the morning because they are more likely to drive when they feel tired.
The prosecution claimed Hart fell asleep at the wheel after spending the night before on the phone to Kristeen Panter - a woman he "met" eight days before through the internet.
Hart denies falling asleep at the wheel after being up all night phoning a woman he met through a dating agency.
And the brother of a man whose brother died in a crash after falling asleep at the wheel appealed for motorists to take breaks and save lives.
A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said: "On the basis of a study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, we estimate there at least 1,500 accidents on the motorway and trunk road network in Scotland were caused by drivers who have either dozed off or fallen asleep at the wheel.
A CAR driver was today facing a "substantial" prison sentence after he was found guilty of causing the deaths of 10 men in the Selby rail crash by falling asleep at the wheel.
He then drove having had no sleep all night and the prosecution alleged that he fell asleep at the wheel.
THE motorist accused of causing the deaths of 10 men in the Selby train crash yesterday took to the witness box and repeatedly denied falling asleep at the wheel of his Land Rover.
THE driver of a Land Rover which careered on to a rail line causing the Selby train crash fell asleep at the wheel, a court heard today.
Musicians need access to health care, like everyone else, but it's been out of reach until now," said Ray Benson, of the Grammy-award winning Asleep at the Wheel and an Alliance board member.
AN electrician who fell asleep at the wheel, killing a sevenmonth-old baby, walked free from court yesterday.
He claimed a sleeping disorder caused him to fall asleep at the wheel of his Chevy Blazer, and that he had not been drinking.
MOTORISTS were yesterday warned that the use of a mobile phone and falling asleep at the wheel would be regarded as ``aggravating'' factors in determining the length of jail sentences in cases where driving has caused death.
But as the arguments rage about whether or not Gary Hart -whose Land- Rover plunged down an embankment and caused two trains to smash into each other - fell asleep at the wheel, this tragedy is a grisly and salutary lesson for us all.
ONE in five motorway accidents may be caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel, research published today shows.