Many Kansas drivers are aware of statistics that show drowsy driving may result in fatal accidents every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 71,000 crash injuries and 1,550 deaths occur annually costing about $12.5 billion. However, such accident statistics are the result of a less than accurate reporting system.
In a 2005 study, 37 percent of the respondents admitted to having fallen asleep while driving, with 13 percent of that number said that it happened fairly routinely. In addition, 60 percent of the adult drivers who were surveyed admitted to driving while sleep-deprived in the previous year. The drivers most likely to drive drowsy are those in the 18 to 29 age group. As drivers age, the incidence decreases, according to the National Sleep Foundation.