Somnolence and Traffic in Europe

Somnolencia y Trafico en Europa

Excessive daytime somnolence (sleepiness) can be one of the main causes of traffic accidents. In the past few years, the attention of the regulatory authorities in several European countries has focused on the establishment of preventive measures intending to help in the identification of drivers with a higher risk for falling asleep at the wheel. While there are multiple causes for excessive daytime somnolence, legislative efforts have focused on those situations that are easier to identify. This will prevent at least those subjects from driving unless effective treatment is provided, as is the case in somnolence due to sleep apnea or narcolepsy. This article reports on a study that analyzed the legislation in the 15 member states of the European Union. The authors found a significant absence of legislation in most countries. In addition, results show no uniformity of criteria for identification of conditions or circumstances increasing the risk of traffic accidents among the different members states.

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  • Authors:
    • Larrosa, O
    • Garcia-Borreguero, D
  • Publication Date: 2002-6


  • Spanish

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 5p
  • Serial:
    • Vigilia-Sueno
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: Suppl 1
    • Publisher: Fundacion Sueno-Vigilia
    • ISSN: 0092-0038

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2005 7:55AM