Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM on Sunday, November First. Drowsy Driving Prevention Week immediately follows the end of Daylight Saving Time from November 2nd through the 9th. This is an annual public awareness campaign that is committed to alerting drivers about sleep & safety. The Montana Sleep Society joins the National Sleep Foundation in reminding all drivers that driving while drowsy seriously affects our safety on the roadways.
Here are just a few bits of information that you might find interesting:
Many drowsy driving crashes involve serious injuries and/or fatalities!
Latest figures from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) 2013 study reports:
- NATIONWIDE, 57% of motor vehicle deaths in 2013 occurred in single-vehicle crashes.
- The largest proportion of deaths in single-vehicle crashes occurred in Hawaii and Montana (69%). Of the reported 157 single-vehicle crashes on Montana’s roadways, there were only 49 survivors.
- 26 hours of sustained wakefulness produces performance impairment equal to a blood alcohol level of 0.14%. (Considered legally drunk in every state)
- Most drowsy driving crashes happen between midnight and 6:00 am, when the body’s need for sleep is greatest, and in the mid-afternoon (when the body needs a nap)!
- When a driver travels on the highway @ 68 mph during a 2 to 3 second microsleep (asleep for only a few seconds), the vehicle will travel 300 feet, the length of a football field.
Although many admit to feeling tired while driving, no one wants to admit to falling asleep while behind the wheel.
Thank you for helping us remind drivers in Montana that if you are feeling sleepy, stop driving! Get some rest and Drive Alert, Arrive Alive!