What’s Up Wednesday: 03/27/19

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

There have been 33 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge so far this year.

Driving while exhausted has serious consequences. It can lead to car accidents and possibly harm, not just the driver, but anyone else in the vehicle. According to the National Sleep Association (NSA) sixty percent of adults in the U.S. have driven drowsy and around one-third of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel.

Here are the red flags that indicate someone is too drowsy to drive:

  • Trouble focusing
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Inability to remember stretches of road
  • Yawning constantly
  • Bobbing of the head
  • Drifting from the lane

It is always best to get some rest at home before getting behind the wheel. If drowsiness starts to happen while driving, find a safe space to pull over to take a 20-minute nap, buy a cup of caffeinated coffee to help keep alert or switch drivers (if possible). Taking these simple precautions will help lower the risk of crashes.