Asleep At The Wheel

It’s five o’clock … a warm summer afternoon … sun gleaming on the leaves of the trees as they race past … it’s hot, a bit stuffy, so you wind down the window to get some fresh air … you had a late night and an early start … feeling a bit tired, should stop and have a break, but you did tell them you’d be there by six … turn up the radio … not much further to go … eyes feeling heavy … you rub them, force them open … the sun’s so bright, hard on the eyes … so sleepy … eyelids heavy … slowly dropping … dropping … blackness … sleep …......death.

152 people died in car crashes caused by driver fatigue between 1999 and 2001 in New Zealand. 1,369 were injured. Last year alone, the social cost of fatigue-related crashes was estimated to be $283 million. So why is so little being done about it? Asleep at the wheel is an investigative documentary that reveals just how serious a problem driver fatigue is and what we can do about it on an individual level and as a country.

Director Dan Henry
Producer Laurie Clarke
Executive Producer Vincent Burke
Duration 1 x 43'
Rights Top Shelf Productions Limited

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