King County Council has dubbed the week of November 2 – 9 “Drowsy Driving Awareness Week” to encourage locals to think about the dangers of drowsy driving.
According to the Council, recent statistics show that drowsy drivers cause 1550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and more than 100,000 accidents each year in the U.S. This includes 16 deaths and 60 serious injuries in Washington State as recently as 2010.
“It’s astounding to read about how many people drive drowsy and may not even be fully aware of how vulnerable they are to hurting themselves and others,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, the sponsor of the recognition. “It’s so vital as we approach the busy holiday season to remind people of that this is a serious issue and lives are at stake!”
Locals are encouraged to be remember the following safety tips when getting behind the wheel, especially as the holiday season approaches:
- For maximum alertness, get enough sleep before your trip. Take a mid-afternoon break, and avoid driving between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
- Take a passenger to keep you talking, watch for signs of sleepiness, and share the driving.
- On long trips schedule a break every two hours or 100 miles to take a quick nap or get some exercise.
- Consume a caffeinated drink or food to boost your short-term alertness.
To find out more information about drowsy driving click here.