Earlier this week, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) issued the report, Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do. It estimates that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans are driving drowsy every day and that 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy driving-related crashes last year. The report also discusses legislative, enforcement, education, and engineering countermeasures that are being employed as well as in-vehicle technologies that are currently available or on the horizon. AASM Immediate Past President Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, served as a member of the expert panel for the development of the report.
In addition to the report, the GHSA will conduct a workshop at the end of the month in Seattle at its annual meeting, which will be attended by AASM staff.