PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Lack of sleep might have something to do with crashes near Cypress Creek Middle High School.
- Young people among those driving without enough sleep
- Crashes happening on Old Pasco Road
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Eva Steffen lives in Wesley Chapel and is a student there.
Recently, both she and a friend were involved in crashes on Old Pasco Road near the school.
"Someone was turning on to one of the many hidden paths along this road and they braked pretty hard," Steffen said. "And there was another truck behind them and they braked hard and I was like, 'Oh crap' and I braked really hard but swerved out of the way into the grass and ended up hitting my front left headlight."
Her crash happened around 7 a.m., the time when newly-licensed high school students are headed to school.
Steffen believes many of her fellow students on the road are driving drowsy. And statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say she's right.
There are three groups of drivers who are most likely driving without enough sleep: Young people, ages 16-29; shift workers whose sleep is disrupted by working odd hours; and people with untreated sleep apnea.
Combine all of those sleepy students with some rough patches of this road and it's even more dangerous.
"There is, down there almost a 90 degree turn and it's very hidden with a bunch of trees and it has a lot of potholes," Steffen said.
Real Time Traffic Expert Chuck Henson has reached out to Pasco County traffic management to see what, if anything, they can do to help.