National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project/ Awake at the Wheel Campaign
Drowsy driving is a serious public health threat. This week the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project launched the “Awake at the Wheel” public education campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving in order to reduce avoidable motor vehicle accidents and save lives. This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in collaboration with other partners such as the Sleep Research Society (SRS).
Recently the project partners endorsed the AASM’s new Drowsy Driving Health Advisory, which urges more responsibility to prevent drowsy driving and encourages transportation companies to promote driver safety through drowsy driving prevention.
National Transportation Safety Board Holds Forum: Awake, Alert, Alive: Overcoming the Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Prominent sleep experts came together recently to discuss the problem of sleep deprivation and drowsy driving. Various topics were discussed, such as why American workers become sleep deprived, how prevalent that problem is and how that influences public safety.
One important idea shared was that attention lapses in drowsy drivers are completely unpredictable. You can think you awake enough and suddenly find yourself in an accident. Another important idea shared was that drowsy driving accidents have a fatality rate similar to drunk driving accident fatality.
Some other statistics:
- 2 out of 5 Americans have fallen asleep at the wheel in their lives.
- 11 percent of the population has fallen asleep at the wheel in the last year.
This is one reason why the work of Dr. Maya Thomas in Salt Lake City is so important. Good sleep can save lives!
Deadly Plane Crash: Fatigue Played a Role
Read the investigation in a plane crash that killed five people. Sleep loss is an important safety issue.