Sleep deprived teens today are facing serious and even fatal consequences when combining drowsiness with driving. Each year drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 car crashes and 1,500 deaths. Over 50% of the drivers involved in these crashes are teenagers and young adults in their early twenties. Real life accident victims reiterate chilling stories of the repercussions of drowsy driving. A parent of a teen killed by a drowsy driver describes her successful efforts to pass a law, making it a felony to cause a fatal accident due to lack of sleep. A prominent sleep researcher compares driving while sleepy to driving while intoxicated. Raises viewer awareness of warning signs and risk factors of drowsy driving and gives information to insure alertness and responsible, safe driving. Produced by Cochran Communications
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Bronze Telly Awards
Freddie Awards: Finalist
Columbus International Fim & Video Festival: Honorable Mention
Recommended While there were some discrepancies between the film and the accompanying guide, this short is nonetheless a very good tool to address a very important topic: the problem of young drivers who do not get enough sleep.
Shot in documentary style, the film uses first-person testimonials by victims of drowsy driving plus brief comments by a psychology professor and sleep expert. With 37% of a recent poll admitting that they had fallen asleep at least once while driving, this is certainly a larger problem than most people realize. After presenting the problem, the film solidifies it with data and presents common scenarios leading to it. It includes both recommendations on how to avoid driving while drowsy and tips on what to do if you find yourself falling asleep at the wheel.
The film uses clearly-shot video, plus includes occasional stills and news footage. Reenactment video and B-roll is effective in telling the stories of the victims and is supplemented with good use of graphics and text.
Sensible and brief, this is a good addition for any high school library.
- Christopher Dunham, formerly of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT