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Friday, May 13, 2016



The CDC now defines insufficient sleep (before obesity) as the Number One public health crisis in the US. 

Please get your sleep. Your life and the lives of everyone else around you depends on it. 

This week's links were published or updated through 5.12.16.

 DROWSY DRIVING SPOTLIGHT  || All of these reports are of people who were either asleep at the wheel or too drowsy to operate a vehicle safely; substance use is not suspected as the cause for these collisions

At least 34 drowsy-driving related accidents 
have happened over the last 26 days 
in 19 states and 6 countries 
  • April 17 || Sammamish, WA || Driver found asleep at the wheel of a running vehicle sitting at a security gate
  • April 29 || San Luis Obispo, CA || Man crosses several lanes of traffic to plunge into the Cuesta Grade ravine
  • April 30 || Baltimore, MD || Spinal-cord-injury victim is thrown from car after it's struck by a drowsy driver
  • April 30 || Kearney, NE || Driver veers off road, strikes and kills man mowing the grass on the shoulder of the highway
  • April 30 || King City, CA || Teenaged driver dies after being ejected from van during rollover crash after falling asleep
  • May 2 || Adelaide, Australia || A truck towing an excavator rolls over and blocks traffic; the excavator is damaged
  • May 2 || Conway, SC || Ambulance medic hits a concrete barrier with another medic and patient inside
  • May 2 || Farmington, ME || Tractor-trailer crashes through guardrail, ties up traffic on Maine Turnpike for 10 hours
  • May 2 || Suffield, CT || Motorist strikes a utility pole, causing the car to roll over
  • May 3|| West Deptford Township, NJ || Fuel tanker truck overturns into a tidal basin as driver avoids an oncoming car whose driver has fallen asleep
  • May 4 || Katraj-Dehu Road Bypass, India || 2 separate sleep-driving related accidents that took place on this stretch of highway led to 2 fatalities
  • May 4 || Morgan County, CO || Women misses curve in road, enters ditch, strikes curve caution sign, launches airborne nearly 90 feet, lands front end first and rolls once
  • May 4 || Tulsa, OK || Teen driver sailed minivan more than 90 feet beyond the center median before landing on the opposite side of the highway
  • May 5 || Boston, MA || Construction worker crashes into empty school bus, backs up traffic on I-93 for almost 20 miles (video)
  • May 5 || Elk River, MN|| Sleepy driver causes 3-car chain of rear-end accidents
  • May 5 || Shropshire, UK || Farmers suspect drowsy driver in hit-and-run accident which damaged their stone wall
  • May 6 || Chachoengsao, Thailand || A loaded fuel tanker truck collides with a container truck, exploding into flames that overcome both vehicles
  • May 6 || Interstate 77 near Charlotte, NC || Trucker, unable to find a legal place to sleep, crashes into concrete barrier, dumping fuel and thousands of pounds of potatoes, starting a fire
  • May 6 || Laramie, WY || Semi truck hauling millions of honeybees veers off road and crashes, releasing the insects
  • May 6 || Nashville, TN || FedEx truck is recorded by cell phone causing 8-car pileup in heavy daytime traffic after veering out of its lane and rear-ended a truck
  • May 6 || Newcastle, WY || Teenaged motorist crosses center lane, collides with oncoming Jeep
  • May 7 || Lynchburg, VA || Driver hits utility poll, knocks out power for 800 residents
  • May 8 || Bodega Bay, CA || Young driver veers into oncoming lane, strikes SUV carrying 6 passengers; elderly passenger sustains major injuries
  • May 8|| Leominster, MA || Two men in their early 20s were hospitalized after their car rolled over on an on-ramp, ejecting the driver and trapping the passenger
  • May 8 || Traverse City, MI || Man misses curve, drives into stand of pine trees
  • May 8 || Udon Thani, Thailand || Driver of chartered van escorting Buddhist pilgrims crashes into median trip, killing 3 and injuring 3 others
  • May 8 || Westwood, MA || Man abandons car after driving it into water-filled ditch
  • May 9 || Chonburi, Thailand || A 4-car collision results in 5 hospitalizations; man and wife in pickup struck by drowsy driver potentially saved by ten large dolls that buffered them during the crash
  • May 9 || Cumming, GA || Man drives off the road, rolls truck three times, then breaks through guardrail bridge into lake
  • May 9|| Herne Hill, Australia || Dashcam shows exact moment when this driver falls asleep at the wheel
  • May 9 || Siem Reap, Cambodia || Minivan driver kills 3 and injures 5 in head-on collision with SUV
  • May 10 || Brush Valley Township, IN || Teenaged driver drives off road, hits tree, is hospitalized
  • May 11 || Kokomo, IN || Man drives off the read, catches air, hits a tree
  • May 11 || Laporte County, IN || Driver hits guardrail, leaves the road, crashes backward into gas station sign, knocks out power

 DROWSY DRIVING NEWS  || Legislation, advocacy, research, anti-fatigue technology, features, editorials 

APR 28 || AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE (US) || FMCSA and FRA announce schedule of sleep apnea public listening sessions

MAY 4 || BELLINGHAM HERALD (WA) || Jury finds driver not guilty in deaths of two Ferndale teens
MAY 4 || OWNER DRIVER (AUSTRALIA) || TOLL claims fatigue technology success

MAY 4 || THE PRESS (NEW ZEALAND) || Driver who fell asleep at wheel to pay crash victim Finlay Dunning's family $10,000

MAY 5 || HUFFINGTON POST (NY) || After Losing His Son, This Father Is Speaking Out About The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving

MAY 5 || MONTANA KAIMIN (MT) || Change of plans: LeShawn George's new purpose--George was involved in a car accident when a teammate of his briefly fell asleep at the wheel

MAY 5 || OVERDRIVE ONLINE (US) || Sleep apnea back front and center of health/safety conversation

MAY 5 || WBRC (US) || Fatigued driving a leading cause of crashes involving semis

MAY 6 || ABC 10 NEWS (CA) || SDSU football star gets 6 years in fatal crash

MAY 6 || BRIDPORT NEWS (UK) || Benjamin Edwards handed suspended sentence after crash which killed Nkululeko Nxusani on A35 near Winterbourne Abbas

MAY 6 || FLEET OWNER (US) || Can wearables make hours-of-service rules obsolete?

MAY 6 || MASS LIVE (MA) || Driver in crash that killed UMass student Hannah Frilot asks judge to dismiss charge

MAY 6 || SLEEP REVIEW (US) || National Sleep Foundation Expert Consensus Panel Concludes that Missing a Night of Sleep Renders Drivers Unfit to Operate a Motor Vehicle

MAY 9 || WIVB 4 (NY) || Study: Drivers with untreated sleep apnea at much greater risk for crashes

MAY 10 || 98FM DUBLIN (IRELAND) || Judge Warns Of The Dangers Of Fatigue After Fatal Crash

MAY 11 || HUFFINGTON POST (US) || Why We Can’t Afford To Take ‘Baby Steps’ In Drowsy Driving Crisis

MAY 11 || LEHIGH VALLEY LIVE (PA) || Can trucker who caused fiery, fatal crash withdraw his plea?

MAY 12 || SLEEP HEALTH (US) || Sleep-deprived motor vehicle operators are unfit to drive: a multidisciplinary expert consensus statement on drowsy driving

The next DROWSY DRIVING SPOTLIGHT curation will post on 6.10.16