Drowsy driving is serious and deadly. Approximately 6,000 deaths annually can be attributed to falling asleep at the wheel. Faculty from Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management have developed an educational and interactive website StopDrowsyDriving.org to help raise awareness about the prevalence and dangers associated with falling asleep at the wheel and reduce crashes and causalities on the roadways due to drowsy driving.
In recognition of Drowsy Driving Awareness month, team members invite users to visit StopDrowsyDriving.org to complete a sleepiness assessment quiz and realize their risk for drowsy driving. Through the interactive, educational website users can learn how to make positive changes in their sleep health to reduce the likelihood of falling asleep at the wheel.
The StopDrowsyDriving.org project and social media campaign is supported by a grant from the New York State Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and the National Safety Foundation. Faculty interest in research and education about drowsy driving was motivated by more than four years of working with high school students and young adults through the School’s Distracted and Drowsy Driving Prevention Program. The research team has secured additional funding through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee for the development of a research-informed Drowsy Driving curriculum and pilot implementation that will commence in February 2018.
Please direct questions about the website and campaign to Lisa Endee at Lisa.Endee@stonybrook.edu