Fatigue, Sleep Disorders and Driving Risk

Fatigue, Sleep Disorders and Driving Risk

The Road Safety Authority held their fifth Annual Academic Road Safety Lecture, marking the first day of ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which runs until Sunday 12 October.

The theme of the lecture was ‘Fatigue, Sleep Disorders and Driving Risk’ and was attended by over 100 road safety stakeholders.

Driver Fatigue

Speakers at the lecture was Professor Walter McNicholas, Director of the Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital, and Ms Ellen Townsend, Policy Director at the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).  Prof McNicholas’ presentation looked at sleep apnoea, sleepiness and driving risk, and Ms Townsends’ presentation gave an EU perspective on fatigue as a risk factor for professional drivers.

Velma Burns

At the Lecture Mr John Dixon shared his experience of living with sleep Apnoea. See his video below.

Download lecture agenda here (PDF).

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