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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 Lockerbie lorry driver who caused chaos on a motorway after falling asleep at the wheel following a drugs binge has been jailed.
AFATHER died after falling asleep at the wheel while driving his son home from university and crashing into a wooden fence after his car left the M4.
However, police have now revealed that the crash happened due to the car driver falling asleep at the wheel.
Anjuli Shergill, Senior Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This prosecution highlights the consequences of a driver falling asleep at the wheel of a car.
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. There's also the small matter of a $400m black hole on his firm's balance sheet.
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.
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."
Second, what factors, including sleep, influence falling asleep at the wheel? The authors use the Trucking Industry Program Survey of Drivers to answer these questions.