Message Monday - May 11, 2015 - Give it a rest, don't drive drowsy

5-11-message-mondayThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driving drowsy causes more than 100,000 crashes, 1,550 deaths, and 71,000 injuries every year.

With Iowa’s many manufacturing, agricultural, and processing industries, long shifts are quite common and have caused drowsy driving to become a serious issue. Drowsy drivers have slow reaction times, often swerve in and out of lanes, veer off the road, and have a higher propensity to cause a crash.

In other words, drivers need to wake up to the serious problem of drowsy driving – it’s just as dangerous as drunk driving. To combat drowsy driving, you should consider:

  • Getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep the night before you intend on driving long distances.
  • Not driving if you have been wake for 18 hours or more.
  • Drinking caffeine to stay awake, but understand it will take at least 30 minutes to kick in.
  • Pulling over in a safe location to take a short nap or find a hotel room to get some rest if you are tired.   

In the link below, the video shows a child “sleep driving” his toy car in the driveway. While this is cute and funny, give him another 18 years and a full size SUV, and this behavior turns dangerous and potentially deadly.

If you are curious about how the 90 fatalities compare to previous years, check out this summary that Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division creates each day.

Today’s 90 fatalities are an increase of 4 from last Monday.



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