Daylight Savings Time reminder from ODOT:
This weekend, Oregonians will “spring forward” by setting clocks ahead one hour (officially at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13) and safety advocates want to remind travelers that any change to sleeping patterns can result in drowsy driving – which can be fatal for anyone using the transportation system.
From 2010 – 2014 in Oregon, 54 people died in crashes involving a drowsy driver. Unlike drunk driving, driving drowsy is not a behavior people readily recognize as wrong. Some 28 percent of American drivers have admitted falling asleep at the wheel, and more than half (54 percent) said they have driven while drowsy, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. But like impaired driving, the consequences of the drowsy driving can be tragic.
You can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by gradually adjusting your sleeping patterns. Visit ODOT’s Safety Division website for more tips on avoiding drowsy driving, how to recognize it, and what to do… before it’s too late.