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CHP: Stay Awake to Stay Alive

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about the dangers of drowsy driving. Their “Stay Awake to Stay Alive” campaign is specifically focused on getting the word out about staying alert behind the wheel as we transition to the end of Daylight Saving Time. Officials with the CHP are partnering with the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to promote Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which runs from November 3 through the 10th this year. Since drowsiness can have similar effects on a person’s ability to drive as alcohol, the CHP considers this issue a top priority.

 

Fatigued and Drowsy Driving in California

Driving while fatigued can be similar to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drowsiness impacts your alertness, cognition, reaction times and decision-making ability behind the wheel. According to the CHP, on average, there were nearly 7,000 collisions involving sleepy or fatigued drivers in each of the last three years in California. Those crashes resulted in the deaths of 73 people in 2016, 47 people in 2017 and 47 people in 2018.

 

Get Plenty of Rest Before Driving

Obviously, the most dangerous outcome most people can think of when it comes to drowsy driving is falling asleep behind the wheel. That being said, even if you manage to stay awake, you are still putting yourself at risk for an injury-causing or potentially fatal wreck. Even with increasingly fast-paced and busy lives, motorists need to make sure they’re getting enough sleep before driving. With darkness falling an hour earlier, drivers need to pay particularly close attention to their wakefulness behind the wheel.

 

Drowsy Driving Accidents in San Diego

If you do find yourself getting drowsy behind the wheel, make sure to pull over and get some rest or even a cup of coffee. Don’t try to tough it out, no matter how close you are to your destination. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a suspected drowsy or fatigued driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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