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 new study indicates that many Americans are driving sleep-deprived, even when they may not feel tired. GHSA Senior Director of Communications and Programs Kara Macek discusses the need for a societal change prioritizing sleep to help end drowsy driving.
Article by Steven Reinberg
April 11, 2018
To combat drowsy driving, ride hailing company Uber recently launched a feature requiring its drivers to take a six-hour break after every 12 hours of driving. GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins voices his support for this new policy.
Article by Faiz Siddiqui
February 12, 2018
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
In 2017, the New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) received a grant from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation to tackle the issue of drowsy driving on the state's roadways. With this grant, GTSC partnered with Stony Brook University's School of Health Technology and Management to develop the Stop Drowsy Driving Initiative.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) was one of the recipients of GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation's (NRSF) 2017 drowsy driving grants. THSO chose to address the issue from two angles, using their grant to expand partnerships with both Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Tennessee Trucking Foundation (TTF).
With travelers putting in long hours behind the wheel, drowsy driving is of particular concern around the holiday season. This article features Iowa's efforts to curb drowsy driving through a grant from GHSA and the National Road Safety Foundation.
November 9, 2017
Drowsy driving is a difficult behavior to detect and enforce. GHSA Consultant Pam Fischer and Senior Director of Communications and Programs Kara Macek speak to the challenges and discuss GHSA and NRSF's efforts to help states address the issue.
Article by Jenni Bergal
October 31, 2017
GHSA's latest Annual Report highlights the Association's activities and accomplishments throughout the 2017 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017).
Highlights of Association Activity provides a high-level overview of GHSA's work in three key areas: