Riverside County Sheriff’s Department recognizes Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

As Daylight Saving Time begins November 1, sleep patterns may be disrupted and impact the ability to drive safely.

To highlight the dangers of driving while sleepy or tired, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department joins the Office of Traffic Safety and other agencies across the country in recognizing Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 1 through November 8.

“If you are feeling sleepy, it’s best to avoid driving,” Sergeant Bryan De Loss said. “Not having enough rest could have a similar impact as drugs or alcohol.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being awake for at least 24 hours is the same as having a blood alcohol content of .10 percent, which is above the legal limit of .08 percent.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department offers these tips to avoid drowsy driving:

  • Get enough sleep (at least seven hours a day)
  • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
  • Avoid alcohol or medications that can cause drowsiness
  • If traveling long distances, take a break every two hours or 100 miles
  • Take turns with another driver on road trips
  • If you are sleepy, pull over to a safe place like a highway rest area or parking lot and take a 15 to 20-minute nap

Signs of driver fatigue include frequent yawning, daydreaming, trouble remembering the last few miles driven, missing an exit, or drifting from lanes.


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