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Forum : Awake, Alert, Alive: Overcoming the Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Washington, DC
10/21/2014 8:30 AM

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Highway Safety Forum

The forum is scheduled from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Located at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, DC or viewable by webcast.

The NTSB will hold a public forum to discuss the problem of drowsy driving, its prevalence, and how it affects driving safety in noncommercial vehicles. Invited panelists will examine the risk factors associated with drowsy driving and consider various countermeasures to address drowsy driving and drowsy driving crashes. Panelist presentations will be followed by a structured question and answer format that will offer forum participants the opportunity to further explore the areas discussed in the presentations and address the challenges associated with mitigating the risk of drowsy driving among noncommercial drivers.
Board Member Mark Rosekind will chair the proceedings. As the agency's lead in advocacy areas that include human fatigue and substance-impaired driving, Member Rosekind has worked effectively to further NTSB recommendations linking the fundamentals of good sleep to alertness and the safe operation of vehicles in all transportation modes.
"We are using the title Awake, Alert, Alive because being drowsy behind the wheel is yet another form of impairment with potentially deadly consequences. An awake and alert driver is a safer driver," Rosekind said.
The forum will highlight the often overlooked problem of drowsy driving, its prevalence, and how it affects noncommercial vehicle safety. Expert panelists will examine the risks associated with sleepiness and driving, and consider various countermeasures to address this issue.
The forum panels will include:
  • Introduction and scope of the problem
  • Workplace issues
  • Concerns for novice drivers
  • Health issues
  • In-vehicle and roadway factors
  • Consideration of countermeasures and future directions
This event is free and open to the public. No preregistration required.
Located at the NTSB Conference Center or viewable by webcast.

NTSB public events are also streamed live via webcast. Webcasts are archived for a period of three months from the time of the meeting. Webcast archives are generally available by the end of the event day for public meetings, and by the end of the next day for technical conferences.
If you wish to obtain a copy of NTSB meetings, please contact the NTSB Records Management Division at (202) 314-6551 or 800-877-6799. You may also request this information from the NTSB web site or write the following: National Transportation Safety Board, Records Management Division (CIO-40), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC 20594.



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