Utah’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Week 2020
The third full week in August has been designated as Drowsy Driving Awareness Week in Utah, so we’ll be sharing information about the dangers of drowsy driving and how everyone can help prevent episodes of it.
- During 2019, male drivers were two times more likely to drive drowsy than female drivers.
- For the past five years, 28.8% of drowsy driving crashes involved a driver under the age of 21.
Driving while you’re sleepy.
You might not realize it, but it has similar effects to driving drunk.
Don’t endanger yourself, your passengers or others on the road. If you feel sleepy, get off the road.
- Over the past five years, more than 55% of drowsy driving crashes were a result of the driver failing to keep in the proper lane.
- Running off the road and overcorrection were the second and third leading causes of crashes.
Road trips and longer drives can lead to drowsy driving.
Many times, people try to just drive through to their final destination.
- Drowsy driving crashes spike at 7 AM and again at 4 PM.
We aren’t getting enough sleep and that’s having negative effects on our lives – including our driving.
Poor quality sleep can affect all of us.
1,136 drowsy driving crashes occurred all across the state of Utah in 2019.
These crashes resulted in seven deaths.
If you feel drowsy, pull over for a quick nap or switch drivers.
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HOW CAN YOU PREVENT DROWSY DRIVING
Recognize the signs – in yourself or, if you’re a passenger, in the driver.
Don’t hesitate to get involved – recommend stopping for a break or offering to drive if you’re awake and alert.
Help the driver recognize that he/she is tired and that drowsy driving is dangerous.
Before you hit the road – follow these steps to help avoid drowsy driving:
On the road – if you get sleepy, follow these tips to help keep you safe:
SLEEP SMART. DRIVE SMART. ARRIVE ALIVE.
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