Prevalence of motor vehicle crashes involving drowsy drivers, United States, 1999-2008
ABSTRACT The proportion of motor vehicle crashes that involve a drowsy driver likely is greater than existing crash databases reflect, due to the possibility that some drivers whose pre-crash state of attention was unknown may have been drowsy. This study estimated the proportion of crashes that involved a drowsy driver in a representative sample of 47,597 crashes in the United States from 1999 through 2008 that involved a passenger vehicle that was towed from the scene. Multiple imputation was used to address missing data on driver drowsiness. In the original (non-imputed) data, 3.9% of all crashes, 7.7% of non-fatal crashes that resulted in hospital admission, and 3.6% of fatal crashes involved a driver coded as drowsy; however, the drowsiness status of 45% of drivers was unknown. In the imputed data, an estimated 7.0% of all crashes (95% confidence interval: 4.6%, 9.3%), 13.1% of non-fatal crashes that resulted in hospital admission (95% confidence interval: 8.8%, 17.3%), and 16.5% of fatal crashes (95% confidence interval: 12.5%, 20.6%) involved a drowsy driver. Results suggest that the prevalence of fatal crashes that involve a drowsy driver is over 350% greater than has been reported previously.
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- "In Europe, traffic accidents have caused 120,000 deaths and 2.4 million injuries each year, producing a huge economic burden of up to 3% of the gross domestic product in some countries . The proportion of traffic accidents attributable to sleepiness varies across road types and countries, from 3.9% to 33% in the United States , France  , and Australia . Although highways are associated with fewer accidents per kilometer than other roads, driver sleepiness has been estimated to cause 37% of fatal accidents on the highway network in France . "
ABSTRACT: We aimed to investigate sleepiness, sleep hygiene, sleep disorders, and driving risk among highway drivers. We collected data using cross-sectional surveys, including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) questionnaire, Basic Nordic Sleep Questionnaire (BNSQ), and a travel questionnaire; we also obtained sleep data from the past 24h and information on usual sleep schedules. Police officers invited automobile drivers to participate. There were 3051 drivers (mean age, 46±13y; 75% men) who completed the survey (80% participation rate). Eighty-seven (2.9%) drivers reported near-miss sleepy accidents (NMSA) during the trip; 8.5% of NMSA occurred during the past year and 2.3% reported sleepiness-related accidents occurring in the past year. Mean driving time was 181±109min and mean sleep duration in the past 24h was 480±104min; mean sleep duration during workweeks was 468±74min. Significant risk factors for NMSA during the trip were NMSA in the past year, nonrestorative sleep and snoring in the past 3months, and sleepiness during the interview. Neither sleep time in the past 24h nor acute sleep debt (sleep time difference between workweeks and the past 24h) correlated with the occurrence of near misses. Unlike previous studies, acute sleep loss no longer explains sleepiness at the wheel. Sleep-related breathing disorders or nonrestorative sleep help to explain NMSA more adequately than acute sleep loss.Sleep Medicine 09/2013; 15(1). DOI:10.1016/j.sleep.2013.06.018 · 3.10 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Few studies have examined the extent of driver sleepiness during a long distance morning trip. Sleepiness at this time may be high because of night work, waking early to commence work or travel, sleep disorders and the monotony of driving long distances. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of chronic sleepiness (Epworth sleepiness score ≥10) and sleep restriction (≤5h) in a sample of 649 drivers. Participants driving between 08:00 and 10:00 on three highways in regional Australia participated in a telephone interview. Approximately 18% of drivers reported chronic sleepiness. The proportions of night workers (NW) and non-night workers (NNW) with chronic sleepiness were not significantly different but males reported a significantly greater proportion of chronic sleepiness than females. The NW group had a significantly greater proportion of drivers with ≤5h of sleep in the previous 24 and 48h, fewer nights of full sleep (≤4), acute sleepiness and longer weekly work hours. The NW group reported driving a significantly longer distance at Time 1 (Mean=140.29±72.17km, versus 117.55±89.74km) and an additional longer distance to complete the journey (Mean=89.33±95.23km, versus 64.77±94.07km). The high proportions of sleep restriction and acute sleepiness among the NW group, and the amount of chronic sleepiness in the NW and NNW groups reported during a long distance morning trip may be of concern for driver safety.Accident; analysis and prevention 01/2013; 53C:17-22. DOI:10.1016/j.aap.2013.01.003 · 1.65 Impact Factor