Florida Highway Patrol warns of the dangers of drowsy driving
Gainesville, Fla. —
A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that 9.5% of all crashes are caused by drowsy driving.
The Centers for Disease Control says 35% of US drivers get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep a day.
Florida Highway Patrol officers say not getting enough sleep can make drowsy drivers a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road.
" Anytime that you're traveling at highway speeds on an interstate and you fall asleep for two or three seconds, you can easily travel the length of a football field and a lot of bad things can happen," Lieutenant Patrick Riordan said.
AAA says missing just a few of the recommended seven hours of sleep can slow your reaction time similar to driving drunk.
If you are falling asleep at the wheel, FHP recommends pulling over and taking a quick nap so you can stay alert on the road.