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NY DMV Warning of Drowsy Driving As Daylight Savings Begins

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The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is warning drivers on the dangers of drowsy driving as people adjust to daylight savings over the weekend.

“Most people don’t realize how dangerous drowsy driving can be, but the truth is it can pose just as much of a risk as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,”

said Mark J.F. Schroeder, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC).

Information provided by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) states that those who drive 24 hours without sleep have similar effects on their driving ability than those who have a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent. Information also shows drowsy driving have contributed to 328,000 crashes nationwide each year with more than half of the drivers being 25 years old and younger.

Sleepiness can slow a driver’s reaction time, impair vision and judgment, and delay the processing of information, increasing the odds of a crash. Drivers should get adequate sleep before driving, take a break about every 100 miles or every two hours, and bring a passenger to help keep them awake and share the driving. Do not drink alcohol before driving, and always be aware of the potential side effects of any medications.

NY DMV said in a release.

Strategies to stay awake such as opening windows, turning on the ac, or playing loud music, the DMV says should not be relied upon in the event of drowsy driving.

“It is imperative that drivers stay off the road when tired for the health and safety of themselves and others,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “Getting adequate sleep before driving, avoiding alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness, and taking breaks during long drives can all prevent events that could become catastrophic.”

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