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Fast Facts

  • There are 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans driving every day. An estimated 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy-driving related crashes in 2015.
  • Studies show more than half of all fall asleep-crashes involve drivers aged 25 years or younger. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per night.

Recent Research

  • A national survey released by the University of Michigan found that 50 percent of parents who have teenage children would support later start times for high school. This is much higher than even a few years ago, when many parents felt that such a change would cause practical problems. Several studies now show that teens who start school later are healthier and safer.
  • An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study updates an earlier 1999 – 2008 study with data from years 2009 – 2013. Crash rates due to drowsy driving during this period are higher than official government statistics suggest.

Interesting Information

  • Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (DDPW), is a public awareness campaign designed to educate young drivers (and everyone on the road) about the dangers of driving while sleepy. This is a toolkit resource to help inform communities about healthy sleep and drowsy driving prevention. It includes press materials, print PSAs, fact sheets, quizzes and PowerPoint presentations.
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