CHP Educating Motorists about the Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Story by Felicia Martinez, Weekend Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
WINTERHAVEN, CA - The California Highway Patrol and the National Sleep Foundation have teamed up to bring awareness to drowsy driving and reduce the number of accidents occurring from sleepy drivers.
CHP says tired drivers behave similarly to those who are intoxicated. In most recent statistics from CHP nearly 4,000 collisions in California involved drowsy drivers. As a result 32 people died while more than 2,000 others were injured.
CHP says drowsiness can reduce reaction time, impair judgment and vision and impact a drivers attention.
Officer Steven Gronbach from the California Highway Patrol says "We are asking drivers to stay alert. Get between 7 to 9 hours of rest everyday. Try not to drive during the night when you would normally be sleeping. If you do drive at night, have a companion to share driving with one another."
CHP says there are over 1300 motorcyclist in California and strongly urges all drivers to use their mirrors and be aware of other motorists on the road.
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