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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 27, 2016 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Iowa is Leading Initiative to Stop Drowsy Driving

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the University of Iowa are hosting the first-in-the-nation, Drowsy Driving Summit this week.

The Summit will be held at the UI College of Public Health (145 N. Riverside Drive, Room N110 – Callaghan Auditorium) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 8:30AM – 12:45PM.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013.

At this summit, state and federal public safety and transportation officials will discuss safe driving initiatives as well as UI researchers will share work being done currently to help stop drowsy driving.

Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the NHTSA, will be in attendance for the first-of-its-kind event. Governor Branstad will also speak at the summit on Wednesday.

MEDIA: UI Researchers and Dr. Rosekind will be available to speak to the media at 12:45PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, following the Summit. Media are welcome to also attend the Summit.

 

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