Drowsy Driving

Student Body Blog Updates by the First Thursday Monthly

Late night studying, partying got you Driving Drowsy?

Sleep. “Getting only four to five hours in a night is the same as driving while legally drunk,” says Jake Nelson, AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy Research. Watch this video of Tom Costello reporting on drowsy driving for NBC from Potomac, Maryland.

Drowsy Driving includes driving with less than six to seven hours of sleep as well as driving if you’ve been awake more than 12 hours, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Midtown Campus. So if you’ve been up from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and drive, you’re riving drowsy. The Medical Center, reports, “One in 10 drivers said they have fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year….estimates that drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and more than 100,000 accidents per year….and that more than half those reporting said they had been driving for less than one hour before falling asleep.”

While you’re on the site, take the Sleepiness Scale Test.