Stay Awake, Drive Safe


Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States. Since 2001, Dr Patel and his team have run a non-profit initiative aimed at eliminating drowsy driving deaths through grass root awareness and innovative education.

We mass e-mail our “Stay Awake, Drive Safe” tips to colleges, schools, and corporations a week before major travel holidays.

We spread awareness further through social media outlets especially Twitter, Facebok, YouTube, Instagram, and WordPress blogs.

With the help of concerned friends in media, we also use local TV stations to spread the word about drowsy driving in Michiana. Our campaign have been broadcast on local NBC, Fox, and PBS stations.

Our team of volunteers also give presentations at local schools, drivers’ education classes, and at highway rest plazas.

The risk, danger, and often tragic results of drowsy driving are alarming. Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue. This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen because of untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.

No one knows the exact moment when sleep comes over their body. Falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, but being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep. Drowsiness—

Researchers estimate that more than 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder (Institute of Medicine, 2005).
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Did You Know?

Who’s more likely to drive drowsy?

Learn the warning signs of drowsy driving—

How often do Americans fall asleep while driving?

According to a survey among nearly 150,000 adults in 19 states and the District of Columbia:

Prevent drowsy driving before taking the wheel

If you have any of these warning signs, pull over to rest or change drivers. Simply turning up the radio or opening the window are not effective ways to keep you alert. 

How often do Americans fall asleep while driving?

According to a survey among nearly 150,000 adults in 19 states and the District of Columbia:

Prevent drowsy driving before taking the wheel

More Information

Teenagers Are at Risk for Drowsy Driving
This Clip can Save a Drowsy Driving Death
Avoid Driving after Midnight
A Strong Cup of Coffee can Prevent a Drowsy Driving Death
Get a Good Night’s Sleep Before a Long Trip
Share Driving to Stay Alive

References

  1. Wheaton AG, Chapman DP, Presley-Cantrell LR, Croft JB, Roehler DR. Drowsy driving – 19 states and the District of Columbia, 2009-2010 – PDF [630 KB] MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013; 61:1033.
  2. Wheaton AG, Shults RA, Chapman DP, Ford ES, Croft JB. Drowsy driving and risk behaviors—10 states and Puerto Rico, 2011-2012 – PDF [817 KB] MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014; 63:557-562.
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research on Drowsy Driving. Accessed October 20, 2015.
  4. Klauer SG, Dingus TA, Neale VL, Sudweeks JD, Ramsey DJ. The Impact of Driver Inattention on Near-Crash/Crash Risk: An Analysis Using the 100-Car Naturalistic Study Data, 2006. Springfield, VA: DOT; year. DOT HS 810 594.
  5. Tefft BC, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Prevalence of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Drowsy Drivers, United States, 2009 – 2013 – PDF [457 KB]. Washington, DC: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety; 2014. October 19, 2015.
  6. Institute of Medicine. Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2006.