Drowsy Driving

Traffic Safety Board
William Johnson, Administrator


Drowsy driving is falling asleep when driving or not paying attention when driving due to fatigue. Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year drowsy driving is responsible for at least 83,000 automobile crashes, 37,000 injury crashes, 45,000 property damage only crashes, and 890 fatalities.  Most drowsy driving crashes happen at predictable times. We are most likely to feel fatigued, and our risk of being involved in a drowsy driving-related crash increases between 1 pm - 4 pm and 2 am - 6 am.  But among all the major factors that cause or contribute to crashes, like speeding, alcohol use, and weather situations, drowsiness is the most difficult for police and other crash investigators to detect and quantify.

Who’s at risk?

What are the warning signs?  What are the facts and statistics? What are the countermeasures?  How can drowsy driving be prevented? Please download these key messages/facts from the National Sleep Foundation.

Good “hygiene” is anything that helps you to have a healthy life. Sleep hygiene helps you stay healthy by keeping your mind and body rested and strong. Following these tips from New York’s Partnership Against Drowsy Driving Fact Sheet: Sleep Hygiene 101  will help you sleep better and feel your best. Take the Sleep Quiz to see if you are getting enough sleep.

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