Washington residents may be interested to learn that according to a recent survey done by AAA, about two out of five drivers have nodded off while driving a vehicle. On November 4, a forum on driving while fatigued, Asleep at the Wheel, was held in Washington, D.C. The director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration addressed the forum and said that roughly 5,000 to 7,000 vehicle fatalities each year are the result of driving while drowsy.
Among all major National Transportation Safety Board investigations, fatigue was a factor in one in five accidents, and from 2001 to 2012, fatigue was a factor in 39.5 percent of major investigations. In an earlier survey conducted in 2010, AAA found that 16.5 percent of fatal accidents occur due to fatigued drivers.