Drowsy Driving

Drowsy Driver

GHSA Policy

Click here to view GHSA's Policy and Priorities on Drowsy Driving.

Research shows that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived people are in the workplace, at school and driving on the road. A drowsy driver is a dangerous driver for a variety of reasons: lack of sleep slows reaction time, impairs judgment and situational awareness and increases lapses in attention and risk taking, all skills necessary for safely operating a vehicle.

According to NHTSA, from 2009 to 2013, there were over 72,000 police-reported crashes involving tired drivers, but it is agreed that drowsy driving is significantly underreported. An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analysis estimated that 7 percent of all crashes and 16.5% of fatal crashes involved fatigued driving. This translates to more than 5,000 people dying in drowsy driving crashes in 2015 alone.

The National Road Safety Foundation

GHSA is partnering with the National Road Safety Foundation to support innovative state approaches that address the pressing issue of drowsy driving. In 2017, five states (Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New York, and Tennessee) were awarded a total of $75,000 in grants to fund drowsy driving prevention efforts. These efforts include public awareness campaigns, law enforcement training, and outreach to fatigue-prone demographics of drivers. 

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Laws

Currently only two states, New Jersey and Arkansas, have laws addressing drowsy driving.

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