Drowsy driving consists of a dangerous combination of operating a vehicle
while fatigued or tired, which often occurs when someone did not get enough
sleep, worked a late shift, has an untreated sleep disorder, has been
taking medications, or has been driving under the influence. Drowsiness
makes you less focused on the road, delays your reaction time when it
comes to unexpected traffic conditions, and negatively impacts your judgment
and decision-making abilities.
Fatigued driving is one of the most common causes of
car accidents in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, approximately 100,000 police-report collisions involve
drowsy drivers, resulting in over 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths each
year. The National Sleep Foundation claims that about half of adult drivers
in the U.S. admit to driving while drowsy and 20 percent admit to falling
asleep behind the wheel at some point.