Property Casualty 360 reported the findings from a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association titled “Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do.” The report finds that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans are driving every day, and an estimated 5,000 lives were lost in 2015 due to drowsy driving-related crashes.
While not a new traffic safety problem, the recognition of drowsy driving as a significant public health and traffic safety issue has only recently been made a priority. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in March 2015 that it would take a comprehensive approach to preventing tragedies attributed to driver drowsiness or fatigue.
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