Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: November 5-12, 2017
To bring heightened awareness to the danger of driving while sleep deprived, the National Sleep Foundation declares November 5-12 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The Foundation’s annual outreach effort aims to reduce the number of drivers who decide to drive sleep deprived — responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually from falling asleep at the wheel — through accessible research and communications tools. Beyond fatalities, there are many thousands of serious injury car accidents because a driver fell asleep at the wheel while driving.
A new poll commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) shows that a total of 97% of those polled recognize drowsy driving as a threat to safety, with more than 68% considering it to be a major threat. Furthermore, three in 10 Americans reported not knowing how many hours they could be awake without sleep and still drive safely. These findings highlight the need for public education on how to assess one’s alertness and risk of driving while drowsy. Driving while tired or sleeping reduces the driver’s reaction time, for example if traffic stops suddenly or slows, and increases the risk of falling asleep and crossing into oncoming traffic or driving off the road.
Our car accident lawyers have represented many people injured in Minnesota by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, drunk drivers, texting while driving and other similar situations. Join us in the effort to eliminate drowsy driving! Share resources and information on Drowsy Driving Prevention directly on social media using the hashtag #AlertAtTheWheel.