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NYS Warns of Drowsy Driving Risk With End of Daylight Savings Time


The New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving reminded drivers to be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving now that Daylight Savings Time has ended.

Despite the additional hour gained in the time change, it can disrupt sleep patterns, causing people to feel more drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation uses the occasion of Daylight Savings Time’s conclusion to begin Drowsy Driving Prevention Week this week. During this week, the Partnership Against Drowsy Driving is promoting a “Stay Awake, Stay Alive!” message that member agencies will promote through social media and newsletters.

Officials caution that common strategies to avoid drowsiness, such as opening a window, turning on air conditioning, playing loud music or drinking caffeine shouldn’t be relied upon to overcome fatigue. Instead, the safest thing to do is pull over and find a safe place to sleep.

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