THE SCOPE AND NATURE OF THE DROWSY DRIVING PROBLEM IN NEW YORK STATE

A telephone survey was conducted of a random sample of New York State licensed drivers to determine the prevalence and circumstances of drowsy driving. Fifty-five percent of the drivers had driven drowsy within the past year; 23 percent had ever fallen asleep at the wheel without having a crash, 3 percent crashed when they fell asleep, and 2 percent crashed when driving while drowsy. The fall-asleep/drowsy crashes had the following characteristics: driver alone in vehicle (83 percent); occurring on a highway or expressway (40 percent); occurring 11 p.m.-7 a.m. (60 percent); drive-off-road (48 percent). Driver variables associated with frequency of driving drowsy in past year included: age, education, gender, and work, driving, and sleep/wake patterns.

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  • Accession Number: 00714772
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1995 12:00AM