Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 3rd to 10th, 2013
Have you ever driven while fatigued or after long periods of being awake? Most people don’t realize that drowsy driving can result in an impairment of judgment, coordination, and performance that is much the same as when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, Drowsy Driving Prevention Week aims to bring awareness to this problem and spread it to drivers all across the USA.
Although all 50 states have a .08 limit for blood alcohol content and consider driving under the influence to be a crime with varying degrees of penalties, there is only one state that also declares driving while drowsy to also be a crime – New Jersey. ‘Maggie’s Law’ was passed there in 2003, making it illegal to drive a vehicle in New Jersey while knowingly impaired by a lack of sleep.
Statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that a staggering 100,000 crashes each year are caused by drowsy driving, and more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries were due to those crashes. In fact, more than half of adults in American state that they have driven while drowsy and approximately 20% have fallen asleep while driving.
Those at risk include young, inexperienced drivers, shift workers and individuals working long hours, commercial vehicle drivers, business travelers, and those who are suffering from sleep apnea or sleep issues. This November 3rd to 10th, 2013, watch for new statistics about drowsy driving during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and be aware of the dangers of being drowsy while driving.