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.
A recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study saw that the prevalence of drowsy driving may be significantly underestimated. GHSA Director of Government Relations Russ Martin speaks to this finding.
February 8, 2017
Article by Alan Mozes