Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sleepy driving as bad as a California DUI?

California DUI attorney info

With daylight savings here and people not getting enough sleep, driving can become extremely dangerous and even deadly.

Sleepy driving is just as dangerous as a California DUI - drunk driving charge.

According to ODOT, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs judgment.

Roselee Senger, regional traffic safety coordinator for ODOT's safety division gives some advice on what to do if you find yourself tired at the wheel.

"Often times when law enforcement think that they are going to pull someone over for a (California DUI) drunk driving stop, actually turns out that the person is over tired and they are just extending their driving time too long. What they need to do is stop. Maybe pull off the road for a few minutes, take a brief nap, consider spending the night."

Many misconceptions people have of how to stay awake, such as turning on the radio or rolling down the windows just don't work because as Senger says, people take little cat naps while driving and don't even know it.

A California DUI or sleepy driving crash can happen in one to four seconds, and somebody can die within two to three seconds from a run off the road crash. Also, rumble strips are on roads to alert drivers, but you should not be depending on them to keep you on the road.