The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the National Sleep Foundation in a week-long campaign to educate motorists during “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week,” November 12-18, 2012.
CHP Public Information Officer, David Martinez, says the effects of drowsiness are as bad as alcohol.
Statistics are staggering when you look at the number of accidents caused by drowsiness.
A tired driver is a dangerous and potentially deadly driver. Martinez the only thing that will help is rest.
Martinez says it’s a misconception that rolling down the windows. turning up the radio, drinking coffee, or eating sugar help with drowsiness.
When asked about the legality of sleeping in a car on the side of the road, Martinez said, worse case scenario- it is better to fight a ticket rather than the consequences of an accident.
Drowsy Driver Awareness Week is November 12-18.