Drowsy driver

Did You Know?

  • Over the last decade, more than 7,000 people have been killed in drowsy-driving-related crashes.
  • Alcohol, in addition to its other detrimental effects on driving, can magnify the effects of drowsiness and cause you to fall asleep at the wheel more easily.
  • Use of prescription or over-the-counter medications can also heighten the effects of drowsiness.
  • Who is most at risk? While no one is immune, the following groups are at highest risk, based on evidence from crash reports and self-reports of sleep behavior and driving performance:
    • Young male drivers (17-23 years old)
    • People with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, or narcolepsy
    • Shift workers who work at night or who work long or irregular hours
    • People who sleep less than 6 hours per night