Asleep at the Wheel: A Nation of Drowsy Drivers

November 4 – 5, 2015

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NHTSA is hosting a forum during National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1 – 8, 2015) to launch a new drowsy-driving initiative. Experts from a wide range of fields, including the sleep sciences, traffic safety, and public health, as well as from diverse organizations including advocacy groups, industry, State government, and other Federal agencies will convene to discuss research and program objectives, consider priority public policy needs, stimulate connections between diverse stakeholders, and identify core public education needs to address the risks, consequences and countermeasures related to drowsy driving.


November 4

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Participant Check-In

Location:  Front Lobby Visitor Center

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.
Introduction to the Meeting

Speaker: J. Stephen Higgins, Ph.D.
NHTSA Office of Behavioral Safety Research

8:35 – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks: Defining the Problem and Opportunities for Change
Rosekind Opening Remarks:

Speaker: Mark Rosekind, Ph.D.
NHTSA Administrator

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
NHTSA Drowsy Driving Plan: Research, Programs, and Vehicle Technology
Jeff Michael Video

Speaker: Jeff Michael, Ed.D. NHTSA Drowsy Driving Plan (PDF 1.4 MB)
NHTSA Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development

9:45 – 10 a.m.
A Victim's Story
A Victim's Story

Speaker: Jennifer Pearce Jennifer Pearce

10 – 10:20 a.m.
Morning break

10:20 – 10:30 a.m.
Introduction to the Panels and Discussion from NHTSA

Speaker: Susan Kirinich
NHTSA Office of Governmental Affairs, Policy and Strategic Planning

10:30 – Noon
Panel 1 – Drowsy Driving Measurement & Problem ID

Chair: Richard Compton, Ph.D.
Co-Chair: Rory Austin, Ph.D.
Debbie Ascone NHTSA Data Collection and Reporting: Drowsy Driving (PDF 802 KB)
J. Stephen Higgins, Ph.D. Drowsy Driving Measurement and Problem ID (PDF 3.5 MB)

Anne Wheaton, Ph.D., James Jenness, Ph.D., Charlie Klauer, Ph.D., Chief Robert Maynard, Brian Tefft, Steve Popkin, Ph.D., Allan Pack, Ph.D., Nathaniel Watson, M.D., David Davila, M.D., David Dinges, Ph.D., John Lee, Ph.D., Adrian Lund, Ph.D., Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Ph.D.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Panel 2 – Vehicle Technology

Chair: Chris Monk, Ph.D.
Co-Chair: Julie Kang, Ph.D.
John Lee, Ph.D.
David Dinges, Ph.D.
Tim Brown, Ph.D., Allan Pack, Ph.D., David Cloud, Nathaniel Watson, M.D., Thomas Balkin, Ph.D., Paul Scullion, Rob Strassburger, Kin Fung, Raymond Kiefer, Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Ph.D., Kelly Regal, Ph.D.

3 – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon break

3:15 –4:45 p.m.
Panel 3 – Public Awareness, Behavior, and Education

Chair: Mike Brown
Co-Chair: Lori Millen
Rafael Pelayo, M.D. NHTSA Data Collection and Reporting: Drowsy Driving (PDF 802 KB)
Joseph N. Cappella, Ph.D. Messaging for Drowsy Driving Cappella (PDF 129 KB)
Jake Nelson, MPH, MPP, Clark J. Lee, JD, MPH, Donna Vallone, Ph.D., Allan Pack, Ph.D., David Davila, M.D., Nathaniel Watson, M.D., David Dinges, Ph.D., Anne Wheaton, Ph.D., Sue Gorcowski, Regan Hill

November 5

8 – 8:25 a.m.
Participant Check-In

Location:  Front Lobby Visitor Center

8:25 – 8:30 a.m.
Introduction to the Day

Speaker: John Moffat
NHTSA Region 10 Administrator

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Panel 4 – Public and Corporate Policy

Chair: Steve Popkin, Ph.D.
Co-Chair: Carole Guzzetta
Hans Van Dongen, Ph.D. Van_Dongen_3.pdf
State Senator Jason Rapert Sen.Rapert_NHTSA_PPT_11-4-2015_Final.pdf
David Dinges, Ph.D., Harris Blackwood, Kelly Nantel, Jack Hanley, Bill Windsor, Stephanie Pratt, Ph.D., Max Kieba, Allan Pack, Ph.D., David Cloud, Nathaniel Watson, M.D., P. Daniel Patterson, Ph.D., Jana Price, Ph.D., Elizabeth Alicandri, Mary Carskadon, Ph.D., Chris Kelley, Charles Horan

10 – 10:15 a.m.
Morning Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Panel 5 – Balancing the Needs for Research and Action

Chair: Jeff Michael, Ed.D.
Co-Chair: John Moffat
David Dinges, Ph.D.
Charles Czeisler, M.D., Ph.D.
Mary Carskadon, Ph.D., Michael Twery, Ph.D., Tom Balkin, Ph.D., Allan Pack, Ph.D., Max Hirshkowitz, Ph.D., Jana Price, Ph.D., Kelly Nantel, Jack Hanley, Nathaniel Watson, M.D., Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Ph.D.

11:30 – Noon
Closing Comments and a Call to Action

Speaker: Mark Rosekind, Ph.D.
NHTSA Administrator


Morning Session Nov. 4th


Afternoon Session Nov. 4th


Morning Session Nov. 5th


For those watching online, please e-mail your questions for the panelists to: nhtsa_events@dot.gov. We may not be able to address every question due to time constraints, but we will get to as many as possible.