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be sleeping at the wheel

To be failing 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 was sleeping at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't been sleeping at the wheel!
See also: sleep, wheel
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Emergency Assist, for example, detects when the driver is not steering, braking or accelerating and assumes there is a problem, such as sleeping at the wheel or unconsciousness.
Emergency Assist, for example, detects when the driver is not steering, braking or accelerating and assumes years/60,000mls there is a problem, such as sleeping at the wheel or unconsciousness.
Exhaustion or sleeping at the wheel caused four accidents, which led to the deaths of two people, while two people were killed and three injured in three accidents caused by vehicle tyres bursting and two accidents were caused by one of the tyres coming off the vehicle, which resulted in one death.
While Bouteflika is sleeping at the wheel, his security men have broken all the rules in the book, disregarding the Algerian human rights obligations.
There is no doubt that the man is displaying some visible efforts; Mehleb has paid numerous surprise visits to government offices throughout the country, displaying authority and at times sacking government employees who were caught sleeping at the wheel.
Even worse this time around is the fact that our leaders, the same ones who were sleeping at the wheel during the 2008 disaster, seem to be sleeping at the wheel once again.
The regional growth fund is supposed to be the jewel in the crown of the coalition's regional policy, yet it looks as though officials have been sleeping at the wheel.
High Street, person sleeping at the wheel of a motor vehicle.
I was of the opinion he was sleeping at the wheel or maybe drunk.
Spokeswoman for the road safety charity Dianne Ferreira said, "The results paint a worrying picture, and have flagged up that sleeping at the wheel is a huge problem.
And I can't help smile at the accusation that Staunton is sleeping at the wheel of a so-called new bandwagon of youthful Irish talent.
Motorists should ensure that they are well aware of the dangers of sleeping at the wheel and take steps to avoid putting themselves and others at risk.
Nearly 6% of these were attributed to drowsiness or sleeping at the wheel (109 accidents), and nearly 15% (284 accidents) were attributed to inattentiveness.
And the pair say that as ASTiD's credibility grows they can dispel myths about sleeping at the wheel, such as fatigue only kicks in on long journeys.
After the study was analyzed, it was shown that general sleepiness correlated with episodes of sleeping at the wheel but no specific medication could be pinned down as the direct cause of increased sleepiness or falling asleep while driving.