CHP Officers on the Hunt during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

December 31, 1969

If you look sleepy behind the wheel, officers may pull you over.

It's all a part of the National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is proudly taking part from the 12th of November through the 18th of November. Drivers are encouraged to WAKE UP and drive safely!
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According to CBS Sacramento, about a third of all drivers admit that they've fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once in the last month. All of us have probably felt like we've wanted to at least once in our driving career. The problem with drowsy driving is that it's extremely easy for us to drift out of our lane, speed up and even slow down to fight off the grogginess. Unfortunately, we're fighting the risks of potentially fatal car accidents. What's worse is that drivers are fighting a losing battle.

Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand that officers with the CHP have a plan for catching those drowsy drivers. They're looking for drivers who are swerving erratically and for the ones who aren't maintaining a steady speed. According to Adrian Quintero with the CHP, those are two sure signs of a drowsy driver.

Officers with the CHP aren't out to give drivers a hard time. Quintero says that they just want to make sure that you're not the next statistic. According to the most recent ones, drowsy driving is the cause of nearly 4,000 car accidents in California every year. In just 2010, there were more than 30 people killed and another 2,000 injured in the state because of these types of car crashes.

Nationwide, officials report that drowsy driving car accidents take the lives of close to 1,600 people, injure another 70,000 and cost more than $12 billion annually.

Officials with the CHP are teaming up with those from the National Sleep Foundation and asking you to make sure you take the proper safety precautions to make sure that you don't wind up in a drowsy driving car accident.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Tips:

-Make sure you're getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each and every night.

-Try not to drive during times when you would normally be sleeping.

-Don't drink and drive.

-Avoid taking medications that cause drowsiness as a side effect.

-When heading out on a road trip, make sure you plan out (and take) a break every 2 hours or at least every 100 miles. Use this break to get out of the car, stretch and wake up.

If you start to feel sleepy behind the wheel, it's critical for you to stop driving. Pull over and rest. The worst thing that you can do is try to push through the sleepiness behind the wheel. It's a recipe for disaster and a potentially fatal car accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or trucking accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.

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