5 October 2020

One in four admit to driving while tired

One in four Irish drivers have at times struggled to stay away while driving, according to a survey referenced at the Road Safety Authority's annual Academic Lecture, taking place online today, writes Brian Byrne.

Driver fatigue as a contributor to deaths and serious injuries on Irish roads is the theme of the Lecture, and the survey is an international one carried out in 2018 - E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes (ESRA).

Some 16pc of Irish respondents also admitted to having fallen asleep or 'nodded off' while driving.

The presentation also noted that the prevalence of fatigued driving in Ireland is higher than the European average.

Irish Road Safety Week starts today.