Drowsy Driving Creates Major Safety Risk

Drowsy driver

Automotive Industry Today - August 26, 2011

The Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion (NHTSA) esti­mates that 100,000 auto­mo­bile acci­dents occur every year as a direct result of fatigued dri­ving. Such acci­dents lead to approx­i­mate­ly 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 bil­lion in mon­e­tary loss­es annu­al­ly. Because there is no fool­proof way to deter­mine whether or not a crash was caused by fatigue, some esti­mates sug­gest dri­ver fatigue may be a fac­tor in as many as one in four acci­dents. Research has shown that the lev­els of impair­ment cre­at­ed by sleep depri­va­tion are com­pa­ra­ble to those that occur with intox­i­ca­tion. Get­ting enough sleep on a reg­u­lar basis is the most impor­tant thing that dri­vers can do.