First week in September designated drowsy driving prevention week

September 5, 2012 by  

Every year, the first week in September is designated in Florida as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, with this year’s week being September 1 – 7, including the recent holiday weekend of Labor Day, as signed in a formal proclamation by the state’s governor, Rick Scott. The city of Largo, Florida is using flying printing and poster printing to alert drivers of the dangers of driving while drowsy.

According to Executive Director Julie L. Jones of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, highway safety is dependent on drivers being alert behind the wheel. When drivers are sleepy, their reaction times are slower, their judgment is impaired, and the risk of crashing and causing fatalities is increased.

Anath Prasad, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, added that people behind the wheel need to understand how dangerous it is to be drowsy while driving. When drivers are fatigued they should pull over into a rest area and get off the road – a move that could save lives.

Representative Alan Williams added that driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk. Lives can be saved if people are made aware of the many potential dangers of driving while not completely alert.

Williams was the original sponsor of the bill and did so in the memory of Ronshay Dugans, who was only eight years old when she was killed instantly in 2008 as a passenger in a bus that was hit by a driver of a cement truck who became drowsy and fell asleep while at the wheel.