Jaime Coffee, Director of CommunicationsOffice of Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
CHP Media Relations: (916) 843-3310
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With the conclusion of daylight saving time on
the horizon, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists how the
shift in time and insufficient sleep can affect their ability to drive safely.
The CHP joins the National Sleep Foundation in
recognizing Nov. 5-11 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and encourages everyone
to prioritize sleep and only drive when they are alert and refreshed.
Although we “fall back” and gain an extra hour
of sleep this weekend, it does not necessarily equate to added rest, according
to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
In the fall, people tend to wake up earlier, which results in less sleep
throughout the week. The time change can
also disrupt sleep/wake patterns, which can put motorists at an increased risk
Every year thousands of crashes occur in California
involving drowsy drivers. According to
preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System
(SWITRS), there have been more than 4,000 crashes in California in 2023 involving
a drowsy driver. There were more than
5,000 crashes involving drowsy drivers in each of the two previous years.
Whenever motorists begin to feel tired or
fatigued, the CHP reminds motorists to pull safely off the road and use
one of the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) statewide
roadside rest areas for a quick mind-clearing break. To find a rest area or to check for the
latest travel information on state highways, visit the Caltrans QuickMap
at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/. Motorists are advised against stopping on the
side of the road where they risk getting hit by another car.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the
highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.