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Drowsy Driving Prevention November 5 – 12

November 1, 2017

Drowsy Driving Prevention week is November 5 – 12, 2017.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety https://www.aaafoundation.org/drowsy-driving reports that drowsiness was involved in one of five fatal crashes.  Drivers are often unaware or in denial of how tired they really are.

Drowsy or fatigued driving related crashes can occur at any time of the day but research suggests that the majority of crashes attributed to drowsy or fatigued drivers occur during early morning or mid-afternoon hours

Determining if a crash is related to a driver who is drowsy or fatigued is a difficult undertaking.  Law enforcement officers are asked to identify such drivers but it remains a challenging task.  Statistics and data are estimates because the actual numbers are often under reported.

What we do know is that drowsy or fatigued drivers cause more accidents than is widely known.  It’s important as drivers to be aware of our own body’s capacity to function when tired.  Information from www.drowsydriving.org note the following behaviors occurring when driving.  These behaviors indicate you are not fully alert and should consider not being behind the wheel.

  • Trouble focusing, keeping your eyes open or head up
  • Yawning or rubbing your eyes repeatedly
  • Daydreaming or wandering thoughts
  • Drifting from your lane, tailgating and missing sings or exits
  • Feeling restless, irritable or aggressive
  • Turning up the radio or rolling down the window
  • Slower reaction time, poor judgement
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