WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board has released the final agenda for the forum, "Awake, Alert, Alive: Overcoming the Dangers of Drowsy Driving.”
The one-day event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on October 21, 2014, in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington. NTSB 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 final agenda and panelists' biographies are available here.
The forum is open to the public and free of charge. No registration is necessary. Directions to the conference site are available here.
The event will also be webcast live. An archive of the webcast will be available on the NTSB website after the event. A link to the webcast site is available.
The Twitter hashtag for this event is #ntsbforum.