The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the result of driver fatigue each year.
This results in an approximate 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.
Men are more likely to drive while drowsy than women (56% vs. 45%)
Men are almost two times as likely as women to fall asleep while driving (22% vs. 12%).
Adults age 18–39
Adults between 18-29 are more likely to drive while drowsy compared to other age groups
18-29 year olds 71%
30-64 year olds 52%
65+ year olds 19%
Adults who have children in their household are more likely to be a drowsy driver than those without children (59% vs. 45%).
People with sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) and narcolepsy are at risk.
Each year, over 110,000 people are injured and more than 5000 are killed in the United States in auto accidents involving commercial trucks
Crashes that can be attributed to fatigue range from 1%–56%, depending on the data base examined and the level of detail available from crash investigations
Who else is affected?
20% of pilots & 18% of train operators admitted to making a serious error due to fatigue
Time of day matters
Studies show time of day is the most consistent factor influencing driver fatigue and alertness.
A sleep deprived transportation worker is more prone to mistakes and report job performance problems about three times more often
Truck drivers whose sleep is disrupted by working at night or long hours are extremely susceptible to drowsy driving
For every truck driver fatality
another four people are killed
The following data is collected from 74,571 sleep deprived Americans. These are the percentages of adults in each state who reported that they had unintentionally fallen asleep over the previous 30 days.
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Facts and Stats About Drowsy Driving
Bring a passenger
Get a good night's sleep
Drink a caffeinated beverage
Avoid alcohol and medications with drowsiness as a side effect
Don't drive during hours you normal sleep