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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nebraska is one of five states to receive funding from GHSA and The National Road Safety Foundation to support anti-drowsy driving programming. With the grant, Nebraska DOT will launch a "Don't Snooze and Cruise" campaign.
Story by Teia Goodwin
June 6, 2019
Georgia is one of five states to receive funding in 2019 from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation to prevent drowsy driving. With the funds, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety will raise awareness of drowsy driving through a presence at the Georgia National Fair.
May 29, 2019
Georgia has been awarded a $15,000 grant from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation to tackle drowsy driving. With their funds, the state's Governor's Office of Highway Safety will spread the word against drowsy driving at the state fair.
May 23, 2019
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.
Story by Dar Danielson
May 21, 2019