Officials warn of 'drowsy driving'
Mar 09, 2020 1:45 pm
Abigail Rubel is reporting for the Times Union the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Health are reminding motorists of the dangers of driving drowsy as in the wake of daylight saving time taking effect March 8. The time change has great potential for disrupting sleeping patterns. Fatigue or drowsy driving, or instances of drivers falling asleep at the wheel were contributing factors in nearly 2,100 police-reported crashes, according to preliminary 2019 data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are caused by driver fatigue nationwide each year. Young people, shift workers, commercial drivers and business travelers are among those most likely to drive while tired, according to the National Sleep Foundation. State officials advise motorists who feel tired to pull over into a well-lit area and take a 20-minute nap, or let someone else drive. Read the full story in the Times Union.