A tired driver is a dangerous and potentially deadly driver, according to the California Highway Patrol. This week, the CHP joins the National Sleep Foundation in a weeklong campaign to educate motorists during “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.”
“Fatigued drivers are a safety risk on our roadways,” said Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “If you are tired, reaction time and judgment can become impaired. Tired drivers behave similarly to those who are intoxicated.”
In 2010 there were more than 3,600 collisions in the state that involved drowsy drivers. As a result of those collisions 32 people died and more than 2,000 others were injured, according to statistics from the Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
The Highway Patrol and the National Sleep Foundation advise drivers to get plenty of sleep, schedule breaks or traveling with a companion during long trips to avoid an accident.
“With a few simple precautions drivers can help prevent future tragedies from occurring,” added Farrow.
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