Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Most of us have heard of the idiom, “You snooze, you lose” regarding people who are not paying attention or who wait too long when deciding that eventually an opportunity passes them by.  In Florida, the slogan, “You Snooze You Lose – Don’t Drive Drowsy,” is the theme for the campaign of the Ronshay Dugans Act.  This theme uses the literal meaning of the idiom to remind all motorists of the dangers of drowsy driving.

In 2008, Ronshay Dugans, an eight-year-old girl, was killed when a drowsy driver crashed into the bus that was transporting her to the Boys and Girls Club.   In efforts to try and prevent other families from experiencing this tragedy, Ronshay’s mother and aunt worked with State Representative Alan Williams to create the Ronshay Dugans Act.  This Act designates the first week of September as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in the State of Florida.  This year, Florida’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign will take place during the week of September 1, 2017 through September 10, 2017.

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving poses the risk of many dangers which can affect all passengers in the vehicle as well as others on the road.  Driving while drowsy can have some of the same effects as driving while impaired.  These effects include things such as slower reaction time, impaired judgement, decreased awareness and performance, and increase in moodiness and aggressive behaviors.

Drowsy Driving Facts

  • 48 percent of drowsy drivers nod off between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. (NHTSA)
  • In Florida, 23 fatalities and 4,000 vehicle accidents were a result of drowsy driving in 2015. (DHSMV)
  • Adults with children in the household are more likely to drive drowsy than those without children. (National Sleep Foundation)
  • 30 percent of American drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel. (National Sleep Foundation)

Drowsy Driving Prevention

There are many things that drivers can do to prevent drowsy driving.  Things such as sleeping 7-9 hours a night, taking frequent breaks during long road trips and scheduling travel plans during the hours that you would normally be awake can all help in preventing falling asleep behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, as proactive and cautious as you may be, other drivers may not be as diligent.  Drowsy driving is a major cause for automobile accidents.  Serious injury or death can result from an accident with a drowsy driver.  If you or someone you love has been victim of a drowsy driving accident it is important to seek advice from a qualified attorney.  The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases.  We have six convenient locations across Southwest Florida.  Our locations are in Fort Myers, (2 offices to serve you), Naples, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte.  Call the location nearest you to schedule your appointment for a free consultation.