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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 30-06 [Final (Synthesis)]

Sleep Deprivation Countermeasures for Motorist Safety
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 20000
Staff Responsibility: SM
Effective Date: 12/1/1998
Completion Date: 7/27/2000
Fiscal Year: 1998

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 287: Sleep Deprivation Countermeasures for Motorist Safety concludes that although adequate sleep is the only 100 percent effective "countermeasure" for sleepiness, there are other countermeasures to help make driving safer. Several of the key countermeasures include:
* Education of high-risk populations, the general driving public, and other key groups, such as law enforcement personnel.
* New technologies to detect and warn drowsy drivers.
* Roadway countermeasures such as continuous shoulder rumble strips and other roadway treatments.
* Increased use of rest areas.
* Regulatory and judicial action.
This topic is published at http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=2398

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