Drowsy Driving

Currently only two states, New Jersey and Arkansas, have laws expressly addressing drivers who drive drowsy and subsequently injure or kill someone.

In 2016, GHSA published a first-of-its-kind report, Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, outlining the issue of drowsy driving and providing suggestions for best practices for states to consider implementing. More information on the history and impact of both laws can be found within the report.

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Currently only two states, New Jersey and Arkansas, have laws addressing drowsy driving.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Grant: Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Highway Safety Division (HSD) used grant funding from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) to launch a public awareness campaign. The campaign was designed to engage young drivers on the impacts of drowsy driving and to provide prevention education. The campaign was developed and executed in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, AAA Northeast and the Massachusetts based Drowsy Driving Prevention Project. The program used social media platforms and media outlets to raise awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving for young drivers.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Grant: New York

The New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) received a grant from the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and GHSA to provide an informational webinar for law enforcement officers on the effects of drowsy driving in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM). The webinar is a continuation of StopDrowsyDriving.org, Stony Brook’s drowsy driving prevention program.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Grant: Nebraska

In 2018, through a grant from the National Road Safety Foundation, the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) worked with two community colleges and one private college to carry out drowsy driving educational programming and present at lunch and learns. With the support of the local health district, NDOT-HSO was able to reach 300 students and approximately 500,000 citizens in the metro area during November and approximately 300,000 community members in the rural target counties during May and June. 

Ford DSFL and NRSF Grant Results: Montana

In 2018, Montana’s State Highway Traffic Safety Office (SHTSS) was awarded grants by both Ford Driving Skills for Life and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.'s partnerships with GHSA. With these funds, SHTSS launched a statewide contest between Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters to create peer-to-peer teen safe driving campaigns, with an emphasis on drowsy driving.

Proposed virtual reality video will teach about dangers of drowsy driving

The Iowa Department of Transportation is one of five states to receive funding from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation to prevent drowsy driving in 2019. With the funds, the Department plans to use virtual reality and gamification to spread the message.

Proposed virtual reality video will teach about dangers of drowsy driving

Story by Dar Danielson
May 21, 2019

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