Drowsy Driving

Prevalence of Self-Reported Drowsy Driving, United States: 2015

Fatigue, or drowsiness, is known to degrade driving performance by slowing reaction time, impairing judgment and situational awareness, and increasing attentional lapses as well as the occurrence of microsleeps. The purpose of the present study was to provide updated estimates of the prevalence of selfreported drowsy driving using data from a nationally-representative survey of drivers conducted in 2015.

Prevalence of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Drowsy Drivers, U.S. 2009-2013

This study updates an earlier 1999 - 2008 study with data from years 2009 – 2013. Crash rates due to drowsy driving during this period are higher than official government statistics suggest.

2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The sixth-annual Traffic Safety Culture Index provides the very latest survey data on the attitudes and behaviors of American motorists.

2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index: Motorists Admit to Driving Drowsy

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducts research with a focus toward creating a social climate where traffic safety is highly valued and rigorously pursed. The 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index found that finds that 96% of drivers consider it to be unacceptable for someone to drive when they are so sleepy that they have a hard time keeping their eyes open.

Can Drivers Avoid Falling Asleep at the Wheel?

This study addresses two key questions regarding the causes of sleep-related accidents: 1) Can drivers anticipate sleep onset well enough to avoid sleep-related accidents? 2) How do drivers use physiological cues of sleepiness in making judgments regarding the riskiness of continued driving?

Changing Behaviors to Prevent Drowsy Driving and Promote Traffic Safety

Excessive sleepiness may result in an increased risk of a motor vehicle crash either
because the motorist falls asleep while driving or because he experiences reduced attention to road events and driving tasks due to fatigue/sleepiness.

Why Do People Have Drowsy Driving Crashes? Input from Drivers Who Just Did

A number of approaches have been taken to studying the role of drowsiness in motor vehicle crashes and the characteristics of drivers involved in such crashes.

Survey of U.S. and Canadian Police Officers about the Public’s Drowsy Driving Behavior

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year up to 100,000 police-reported crashes (about 1.5% of all crashes) involve drowsiness or fatigue as a principal cause, injuring at least 71,000 people, and killing at least 1,500.

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