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States Asleep at the Wheel in Fighting Drowsy Driving
Date:11/11/2008

driving information to be included in driver education programs.
  • Information about drowsy driving is included in 43 states' driver's license manuals, but several states perpetuate myths about unproven drowsy driving countermeasures such as rolling down the window or turning up the radio volume.
  • Most states (45) and the District of Columbia have graduated licensing systems for young people that include a nighttime driving restriction. Seven states have nighttime driving restrictions starting at 10 p.m., as recommended by NSF and a number of traffic safety organizations.
  • There are at least nine states with 16 pending bills that target drowsy driving in various ways.
  • While some states are taking action to get drowsy drivers off the road, many Americans still don't understand the serious impact sleepiness has on driving performance, the NSF said. In fact, the foundation's 2008 Sleep in America Poll found that almost a third of working Americans reported driving drowsy at least once in the previous month.

    The NSF's annual Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is designed to boost public awareness and increase advocacy around the issue. This year's campaign focuses on special at-risk groups such as young drivers, working adults, commercial drivers and people with untreated sleep disorders. The NSF is a national, nonprofit organization.

    More information

    Here's where you can find out more about Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: National Sleep Foundation, news release, Nov. 11, 2008


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