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CHP issues Warning: Drive Alert,  Arrive Alive

Daylight Saving Time is fast approaching, which means we will be losing an hour of sleep as we set clocks forward on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Losing even one hour of sleep can affect a person’s internal clock and consequently impact their ability to safely drive. In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related collisions, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining with the National Sleep Foundation in observing National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015.

“Fatigued drivers can be just as dangerous as an alcohol- or drug-impaired driver on our roadways,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “A lack of sleep will decrease a driver’s awareness, slow reaction time, and impair judgment. All of these behaviors can result in serious or even deadly consequences for the driver, their passengers or others on the roadway.”

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2012, the most recent year that finalized data is available, more than 4,000 collisions occurred in California involving a drowsy driver. Those collisions resulted in 36 deaths and injuries to more than 2,400 people.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, nationally, more than 100,000 collisions each year are the result of drowsy driving.

Drivers who experience any symptoms of drowsy driving should stop driving and rest. Drivers who are far from home should use a rest stop, parking lot, or hotel to take a quick nap. Twenty minutes of napping may help to clear fatigue.

“Many people under estimate the dangers associated with driving drowsy,” added Commissioner Farrow. “This week is the perfect opportunity to educate the public on the associated with drowsy driving.”

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editorhttps://williamspioneer.com
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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