When it comes to auto crashes, many Washington residents are not fully aware of the potential consequences of driving under the influence or distracted. But what most drivers are absolutely unaware of is how often drowsy driving becomes a problem.
During the period between November 6 and 13, Governor Jay Inslee just proclaimed, the state will be observing Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which will help to raise awareness to the risks associated with drowsy driving.
During this upcoming week, law enforcement and other agencies will be sharing tips and information on how to steer clear from drowsy driving so that crashes are prevented.
According to official data released by federal agencies, drowsy driving causes over 100,000 crashes each year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities.
In Washington State, 64 collisions caused by drowsy driving resulted in deaths between 2011 and 2015. At least 308 resulted in serious injuries.
To those in the Evergreen State, Washington State Patrol officers urge, the important thing is to be able to identify the first signs that drowsy driving may be imminent. In order to avoid drowsy driving, these officers are urging drivers to follow simple steps.
First and foremost, remember that getting a good night’s sleep is essential, especially if you’re going to be driving long distances.
When planning on arriving at a certain time, make sure to leave with plenty of time so you don’t have to rush. If you’re planning on bing on the road for long periods of time, try to take a break every two hours or 100 miles. If needed, pull over to a safe stop so you may rest until you’re refreshed and ready to hit the road again.
If you’re having others occupying the vehicle, share the driving chores so you’re not burdened with the task of driving all on your own. Especially if it’s going to be a long drive.
Also, avoid taking intoxicating substances, medications, or alcohol before hitting the road. Drowsiness may be an effect of said substance, and you might end up being involved in an accident as a result.
During the upcoming week, these efforts will be helping countless drivers to stay awake and focused. If you’re serious about your safety, learn more about the risks associated with drowsy driving and make sure to avoid them at all costs.