The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving. In our increasingly busy world, it’s hard to think about being tired or drowsy as a danger behind the wheel, but it absolutely is. With the ending of Daylight Saving Time on November 4, 2018, many drivers are having their sleeping patterns disrupted. This can affect a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, so it’s important to listen to your body and make sure you’re safe behind the wheel.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

At this time, the CHP is joining up with the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the National Sleep Foundation to recognize Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. This year, Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is running from November 5-12, 2018. During this time, these organizations will be raising awareness about the dangers associated with driving while drowsy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), going without sleep for 18 hours is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol concentration of .05 percent. The longer you go without sleep, the worse it is.

Feel Drowsy? Exit and Rest.

This year, Caltrans is going to have changeable message signs on roadways across the state to help raise awareness about drowsy driving.  They will have nearly 900 signs across the state displaying the message “Feel Drowsy? Exit and Rest.” Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as distracted or impaired driving, so if you’re tired, pull over and get to safety. Even if you don’t fall asleep behind the wheel, your cognitive skills and reaction times are greatly diminished when drowsy.

Quality Sleep For Safe Driving

It’s also important to point out that sleep quality can also impact drowsiness and cognition behind the wheel. Drivers are encouraged to get enough sleep (at least seven hours), stick to a sleep schedule and avoid alcohol or any medications that might cause drowsiness.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a suspected drowsy driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, 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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