Just the facts
- The Center for Disease Control estimates that up to 6,000 fatal crashes may be caused by drowsy driving every year.
- The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving caused 72,000 crashes in 2013. Those crashes involved 44,000 injuries.
- Researchers found that 1 in 25 drivers above the age of 18 reported falling asleep at the wheel in a 30-day period.
- According to the Center for Disease Control, driving while drowsy can be as dangerous as driving while drunk. Staying awake for a full 24 hours can make a driver as impaired as if they had a blood alcohol content of 0.10%, which is far over the legal limit of 0.08%.