CHP Stay Alert and Stay Alive 2020
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about how the change in Daylight Saving Time can impact roadway safety. Their Stay Alert, Stay Alive safety campaign is focused on raising awareness on the importance of staying alert and vigilant behind the wheel. Just after the time change this year, officials with the CHP, along with the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the National Sleep Foundation, are recognizing Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.
According to the CHP, in the State of California, there are more than 6,000 crashes caused by drowsy driving each year. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that being awake for at least 18 consecutive hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .05 percent. Basically, drowsy driving is pretty similar to drunk driving. Driver fatigue is a huge safety problem on roadways in California and throughout the nation.
Stay Alert, Stay Alive Driving Tips
- Get at least seven hours of sleep each day.
- Stick to a sleep schedule.
- Avoid alcohol or medications that can cause drowsiness.
- Caffeinated beverages may only help in the short term, but they are not a substitute for sleep or rest.
- Don’t engage in any distracted driving, whether you’re well rested or not.
Drowsy Driving Accidents in Southern California
Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In some ways, it may be more dangerous, because people may push their safety to the limit much more readily when they’re tired. If you’re tired, you need to ask yourself if you’re safe to drive. It might be a no brainer that you shouldn’t get behind the wheel after drinking all night, but what about if you’re fatigued after getting no sleep for many hours straight?
Finding out if drowsy driving was a factor in a car accident might take additional investigative efforts. After any kind of car accident caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a suspected drowsy driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.