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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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David Davies and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have hit out at charges imposed by private firms on motorists who stop for more than two hours to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.
Research from coffee chain Costa revealed 55% of North East drivers admitted driving when too tired, while 40% admitted feeling close to falling asleep at the wheel.
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The businessman in question is Manhattan magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) who accidentally kills his mistress after falling asleep at the wheel.
The former England U21 player stopped for a coffee, but it wasn't enough to prevent him falling asleep at the wheel travelling along the A6 at Furness Vale in Derbyshire.
The report recommends that drivers should be educated about the risk of falling asleep at the wheel," said Al Houqani, who is consultant of internal medicine, respirology and sleep medicine at UAE University's medical faculty.
A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a motorist after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel of his sports car and crashing into another motor.
RESEARCH by esure motor insurance warns that more than 300,000 drivers may be suffering from a sleep disorder that could put them in danger of falling asleep at the wheel, posing a huge threat to safety on our roads.
The greatest risk of falling asleep at the wheel is between midnight and 6am and two to 4pm
A bulgarian lorry driver has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after falling asleep at the wheel in broad daylight.
Mr Parry said: "He admitted falling asleep at the wheel and on waking suddenly saw the van driving towards him in the opposite direction.
At least one person dies every day after falling asleep at the wheel, so anything that makes drivers break their journeys has to be good news.
As many as one in five crashes on motorways or similar roads, and one in 10 across the road network, come as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
5% reported dozing or falling asleep at the wheel once in the past 30 days, 12% did it twice, 7% did it three or four times, and 9% did it more than four times.
She was hurt in January after falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a wall on the way home from a friend's house.