Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 6 - Keeping Drivers Alert
The rate of fatal crashes during the night considerably exceeds the daytime rate. The discrepancy can be startling: the fatal accident rate between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. is ten fold that of the 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. period. More than half of all fatal accidents occur at night.
Though the reasons for these unsettling night driving statistics are fairly well understood, they remain a somewhat difficult set of causes to deal with. The night driver may be fatigued, reduced visual stimulus can affect alertness, alcohol or substance abuse can affect judgment, and visibility is reduced. The monotony of freeway travel and other influences can also produce drowsiness or fatigue during daylight hours. The strategies below are designed to address these specific problem areas.