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Watch out for sleepy drivers out on the roads

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Are you feeling extra tired because of the three day long holiday weekend? You're not alone and experts say that lethargic feeling can be dangerous if you get behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,500 people are killed each year because they doze off behind the wheel.

Last 4th of July holiday, 19 people were killed in traffic crashes in Missouri. Sgt. Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says to avoid alcohol and other sedatives before driving.

"We're wanting to make sure everybody gets to their destination safely and then again, returning home to their destination safely," Bernhardt said. "We know there's going to be a lot of people traveling on Missouri highways and highways throughout our nation. Missouri state troopers are going to be kept very busy."

And in an effort to keep you and your family safe while traveling, troopers with the Illinois State Police are looking for the fatal four violations...Speeding, alcohol, seatbelts and distracted driving.

"All of these things are enhanced just to make sure that everyone has that same safe opportunity to arrive at their destination safely," Trooper Mike Kindhart with Illinois State Highway Patrol said.

Tell-tale signs you should take a break from driving include difficulty focusing, trouble remembering the last few miles driven or repeated yawning.

Police say the best advice is to pull over and take a 20 minute nap to reboot.
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