The Dangers of Drowsy Driving for Healthcare Workers

Emergency workers are committed to keeping the public safe, but the nature of their jobs often put them in peril. From fighting fires to combating criminals, emergency responders face a number of dangers in their daily duties.

While many of the dangers are readily apparent, what’s too often overlooked is the danger that workers are in when they’re behind the wheel. Yet for both firefighters and law enforcement professionals, roadway incidents were the second leading cause of death from 2011 to 2015. For firefighters, only fires were responsible for more deaths, and acts of violence such as shootings were the No. 1 cause of death for police officers.

A study published in the April 2018 journal Accident Analysis and Prevention found that police vehicles were 1.8 times more likely to crash when driving in emergency mode, meaning they have lights and signals activated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also found that emergency responders faced an increased risk of crashes, with an estimated 4,500 ambulance-involved crashes happening every year.

Of those, 34% result in injuries and an average of 33 people are killed each year as the result of an ambulance crash. Since ambulance occupants typically are not wearing seatbelts, they tend to have more severe injuries and a greater risk of fatalities. In fact, 45% of job-related deaths among emergency medical services workers are the result of highway incidents, primarily crashes, according to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

Resolving these on-the-job and behind-the-wheel dangers begin with identifying why they occur and implementing the training and awareness programs needed to change behaviors. Here are three primary factors affecting first responder driving safety.

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Distracted Driving Month – DriveSafe Online®

April is officially Distracted Driving Month. Time to generate awareness about the dangers of driving while taking your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, and your mind off the task of operating your moving vehicle safely. However, one month is simply not enough time to dedicate to such dangerous behavior. Every day … Read more

Used car deals of the week

The global pandemic has done some odd things to all sorts of industries, but its effect on the used car market has been astonishing. The values ​​of many second hand performance cars previously at accessible price points have been firming and even rising against all odds. Finding a pre-owned bargain has, as a result, become … Read more

Drowsiness, Driving & Changing from Daylight Saving to Standard Time

When is being tired too tired to drive? Daylight Saving Time is a welcome sign Spring is almost upon us with longer days and more hours of sunlight to enjoy. However, the move back to Standard Time in much of the populated Northern hemisphere is met with a foreboding of the approaching winter as daylight … Read more

NASCAR’s Nex Gen Car Could Set the Stage for Carnage Saturday Night

Chase Elliott grabs his first pole since Phoenix in 2020. Ty Gibbs leads 196 of 261 laps and loses Xfinity race in double-overtime finish. William Byron wins Truck race in his first start in that series since 2016. Martinsville Speedway in Virginia has a well-earned and long-recognized reputation as a body man’s nightmare. More than … Read more

How Safe is Autonomous Driving?

The fantasy of a self-driving vehicle has been around almost as long as the automotive industry itself. But in the past 15 years, that dream has become a mission for many tech-driven automakers. In fact, in 2016 Lyft CEO John Zimmer famously predicted that self-driving vehicles would become so prevalent by 2025 that they would make automobile ownership nearly obsolete.

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