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Warning device helps drowsy drivers stay alert

7/8/2011, 10:17 a.m.
Drowsy drivers now have Drivers Alert to keep them awake behind the wheel....

Drowsy drivers now have Drivers Alert to keep them awake behind the wheel.

The new device, which beeps loudly, was created by Inga Harmon-Cunningham of Stone Mountain and Decatur native William T. White IV.

White said the battery-operated device, which is mounted in the vehicle or on the dashboard, emits random beeps every four to 16 seconds to keep drivers alert.

Its designed to annoy you alive, he said.

In a recent National Sleep Foundation survey, 28 percent of American drivers admitted they have fallen asleep behind the wheel within the past year and 54 percent said they have driven while drowsy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes 100,000 accidents a year, resulting in 1,550 deaths and more than 71,000 injuries. More than half the drowsy driving crashes involved the driver drifting into other lanes or even off the road.

White said Drivers Alert keeps motorists awake by forcing them to reset it. If the device is not reset in a timely manner, it releases a loud, sharp, prolonged alarm.

Harmon-Cunningham said they have personal motivation to create the device.

My schedule includes running three businesses and traveling at least three days a week, she said. Drowsy driving is very familiar to me. White said a friend died in a wreck caused by drowsy driving just miles from home.

Drivers Alert sells for $24.99. For more information, visit www.ActiveAlertAlive.com, e-mail Info@activealertalive.com, or call 1-888-844-4190.