National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently held a forum in observation of National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1-8, 2015). During the two-day event, the NHTSA had experts from fields in sleep science, traffic safety and public health weigh in on the risks and dangers associated with driving while sleepy. Civilian advocacy groups and officials from state and federal government agencies were also on hand to learn and raise awareness about drowsy driving. Forum topics included drowsy driving measurement, public awareness, behavior, education and the needs for research and action.
Drowsy Driving Stats
- An estimated 1,550 deaths are attributed to driver fatigue each year.
- Every year, approximately 71,000 injuries are attributed to drowsy driving.
- 60 percent of adult drivers polled say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year.
- 37 percent of those people reported having fallen asleep at the wheel.
- 13 percent of those people say they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once a month.
Drive Alert, Arrive Alive
The National Sleep Foundation’s Drive Alert, Drive Alive campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drowsy driving. Drowsy driving puts drivers and other motorists on the road at risk for injury causing and potentially deadly wrecks. Thankfully, drowsy driving is 100 percent preventable. Shift workers, younger drivers, commercial drivers and people with undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders are at an increased risk for driver fatigue. Drivers are encouraged to take the pledge against drowsy driving, and drivers who are at-risk for drowsy driving or falling asleep behind the wheel should be especially aware of the dangers associated with driving while sleepy.
Drowsy Driving Crashes in San Diego
We all have hectic busy lives, but we owe it to other drivers and passengers on the road to avoid drowsy driving. Drivers who are alert stay alive. Even if you do manage to stay awake, driving drowsy reduces your ability to make decisions and slows your reaction times.