FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2014) — Today the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) announced a legislative initiative to tackle the crisis of drowsy driving in America. NSF has developed model legislation, the Drowsy Driving Reduction Act of 2015, to assist in drowsy driving prevention efforts at the state level. The Act calls for the development of a statewide task force to study the prevalence of drowsy driving, evaluate current laws, regulations and enforcement, and provide recommendations on advancing road safety.
“Drowsy driving is a crisis that needs to be addressed,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “We’ve seen tremendous energy and attention devoted to drunk and distracted driving, but we are asleep at the wheel on drowsy driving.”
Key statistics show that more and more Americans are getting behind the wheel while sleep deprived.
- More than 100,000 police-reported crashes per year are the direct result of driver fatigue (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
- 20 percent of car crashes are associated with driver sleepiness (The Institute of Medicine).
- Nearly 1 in 3 of all Americans claim they frequently drive drowsy, according to the 2009 Sleep in America® Poll.
This week, the Drowsy Driving Reduction Act of 2015 model legislation is being distributed to House and Senate transportation chairs in every state. NSF’s advocacy kit is available for download at sleepfoundation.org/drowsy-driving-advocacy.
For more information about the Drowsy Driving Reduction Act please firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about drowsy driving statistics, or to arrange a media interview please contact Anna Beaty at email@example.com or 720.726.5440. Please note that NSF does not facilitate interviews with drowsy driving victims or their families.
About the National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing through sleep education and advocacy. It is well known for its annual Sleep in America® poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities. sleepfoundation.org