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fall asleep at the wheel

To fail to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he fell asleep at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't fallen asleep at the wheel!
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A young Emirati whocrashed into a truck which led to the death of his father had fallen asleep at the wheel, a topprosecutor has told.
A similar number have fallen asleep at the wheel - while one in four regards themself as a bad driver.
FLORENCE - Police believe a 27-year-old man who died in a car wreck Friday morning may have fallen asleep at the wheel as he drove home from work.
Research by insurance firm Esure revealed that eight per cent of drivers had fallen asleep at the wheel and nearly a third had had a "micro-sleep" while driving.
As many as one in 14 drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to research published today.
A quarter of doctors said that, since the start of their career, they had fallen asleep at the wheel of their car while driving home.
They fear the man in his 50s may have fallen asleep at the wheel of his van after driving from Dublin, having taken the ferry from Britain.
A colleague recalled an incident when Houston had fallen asleep at the wheel.
long-haul drivers, found that two-thirds of drivers reported driving while drowsy within the previous month and roughly a quarter reported that they had fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in the last year.
Looking around, I realized what had really happened: I had fallen asleep at the wheel with my pregnant wife asleep in the passenger seat
People say they have experienced head nodding but have not fallen asleep at the wheel, but you have to fall asleep first to have a head nod.
Ten per cent of women admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the last two years.
There were no skid marks on the roadway, indicating that the 41-year-old driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel, Schulz said.
More than one in 10 drivers admits to have fallen asleep at the wheel, and more than two in 10 admit to having momentarily dozed while driving, according to a recent survey of 1,024 drivers done by Farmers Insurance.
Lipsitz says there have been frequent reports of accidents that have resulted from business travelers and others who have fallen asleep at the wheel.