The 2002 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America poll revealed that one-half of all American adult drivers—particularly young males—admit to driving drowsy in the past year, and almost one in five admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel. The results are appalling.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year drowsy driving “is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities.” But among all the major factors that cause or contribute to crashes, like speeding, alcohol use, and weather situations, drowsiness is the most difficult for police and other crash investigators to detect and quantify.
Please take all possible precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from a drowsy driving crash. Get involved – you CAN make a difference.