A National Sleep Foundation's Conference Summary: The National Summit to Prevent Drowsy Driving and a New Call to Action

Drowsy driving plays a role in at least 10 to 20% of all automobile crashes and the incidence of sleep debt and related daytime sleepiness is rising. This article briefly reports on the National Summit to Prevent Drowsy Driving, held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., in November 2002. The Summit was convened by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a United States-based non-profit organization, and a coalition of other organizations, federal agencies, and corporations. The Summit brought together experts in the fields of transportation, safety and health, sleep research, and communications, as well as advocates to assist in the creation of a comprehensive national agenda to increase awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving. Following the Summit, the NSF formed a task force of experts who drafted a National Action Plan of eight broad goals and 53 specific activities to guide efforts to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities related to sleep deprivation and drowsiness. Recommendations arising from the Summit included the development of a new Web site (www.drowsydriving.org) dedicated to the prevention of driver fatigue, and a report, the "National Action Plan to Prevent Drowsy Driving," which describes a series of action items for initiatives in the areas of research, public policy, and educational programs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 197-200
  • Serial:
    • Industrial Health
    • Volume: 43
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: National Institute of Industrial Health
    • ISSN: 0019-8366
    • EISSN: 1880-8026

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  • Accession Number: 01010607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 2005 7:14AM