Dr. Lisa Weighs in on New Drowsy Driving Research

New research conducted in France indicates that there may be little or no difference between driving drowsy and driving drunk. The study included 679 people who were hospitalized because of a car accident between 2007 and 2009 in France. The research shows that driving while intoxicated and driving without proper sleep both double your risk of an accident.  According to the study, men and younger adults were more likely to drive while sleepy.’

The research is just the latest look into the impact of driving drowsy.  Our Dr. Lisa wrote a post for CNN’s health blog that discussed these studies.  That article was also quoted in a recent Huffington Post story.  Here’s what she had to say:

Educating people to the dangers of drowsy driving is a key step in prevention. For example, did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 crashes that are reported to the police each year are the direct result of fatigue and sleepiness?

And that is a conservative estimate because it is hard to pin down how many crashes are due to drowsiness. You can read Dr. Lisa’s article for CNN’s The Chart blog by clicking here.