WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by National Sleep Foundation: What: The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) debuts Drowsy Driving Memorials and Testimonials, a site for tributes to individuals whose lives have been permanently affected by a drowsy driving crash, and for preserving the memory of those lost. The memorials/testimonials site is a component of the newly redesigned http://www.DrowsyDriving.org. DrowsyDriving.org offers extensive resources about drowsy driving prevention including public policy, fact sheets, human interest stories, news features and online communities. Why: The launch of the memorials/testimonials site is an integral element of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week(TM) (DDPW), the nation's first-ever campaign to raise awareness among young drivers and their families of the dangers of driving while drowsy. DDPW begins November 5 and continues through November 11, 2007. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States. Alcohol is often a factor in fatal crashes involving young people, but sleepiness also plays a significant role. This year's launch of DDPW targets young drivers, but is a call to action for everyone on the road to understand the hazards of driving while sleepy. Learning about drowsy driving prevention WILL save lives and make the roadways safer for all Americans. When: The Drowsy Driving Memorials and Testimonials site launches October 18, 2007. Visitors may begin to submit memorials, tributes and photos immediately. Where: View and submit memorials, tributes and photos at http://www.sleepfoundation.org/memorial How: Visitors may view the tributes and memorials submitted by others, or submit ones of their own. They may also visit the drowsy driving video gallery, join an online community, access grief services, and learn about ways to recognize and prevent drowsy driving.
SOURCE National Sleep Foundation