Grant Supports Drowsy Driving CampaignJune 27, 2017
Four states have been selected to receive $15,000 each in grant money as part of a drowsy driving prevention campaign. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) announced that Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, and Tennessee were selected from a total of twelve states that applied for the grant money. The four states were selected by a panel of drowsy driving experts based on a number of criteria. The funds will provide each state with the resources they need to carry out any of the programs suggested in the 2016 GHSA report, including targeted outreach efforts and public awareness programs.
Activities Planned for Each State
Each state that received grant money will plan state-wide activities, including the following:
- Iowa: As part of its Zero Fatalities program, the Iowa Department of Transportation will develop a public awareness campaign that helps people understand that drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving, drugged driving, and distracted driving. Messages will be placed in areas with high visibility, such as public rest areas and various social media sites.
- Maryland: The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office will provide educational materials, a social media campaign, PowerPoint slide templates, and an online quiz that focuses on medical shift workers, proving that they are at a greater risk for drowsy driving than other populations.
- Nevada: The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety focuses efforts on educating police officers about the science behind drowsy driving and provide them with the skills necessary to recognize drowsy driving behavior. State officials will provide educational materials and develop a social media campaign that will generate additional public awareness of drowsy driving.
- Tennessee: The Tennessee Highway Safety Office will focus on teens and truck drivers affected by drowsy driving. Students will be encouraged to take steps to educate their friends about the dangers of drowsy driving. In addition, truck drivers who have excellent driving records will share drowsy driving messages as they travel across the state.
According to Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Executive Director, drowsy driving is an issue that does not get enough attention or funding, even though a 2016 report indicates that drowsy driving was responsible for approximately 328,000 car wrecks. Fortunately, according to the Director of Operations of NRSF, drowsy driving car accidents are completely preventable. Generating a greater awareness of this issue can minimize the number of unnecessary tragedies on our roads and highways.
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