Press Release

​Jaime Coffee, Director of Communications
Office of Media Relations
601 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 of crashes.


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  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.


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