Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

November 10, 2012

November 12-18 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Corsicana — We all know the feeling – your head is feeling heavy; you open the window for more fresh air; turn the radio up louder – you are driving and beginning to feel sleepy. A 2012 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that approximately one in ten Americans say they are likely to fall asleep at an inappropriate time and place, including while driving. In a 2010 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety telephone survey, 41.0% of drivers admitted to having “fallen asleep or nodded off” while driving at some point in their lives.

National Drowsy Driving Awareness Week is a campaign to call attention to the need to educate drivers on the importance of getting enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. While drowsy driving is a problem that can affect all drivers, the problem is most prevalent among young drivers, shift workers, and those who work long hours. The majority of drowsy-driving-related crashes are caused by drivers who are younger than 25 years, especially males. Teens need more sleep than older adults, but they seldom get enough rest. Teens also are more inclined to drive at night and during the early morning hours, when drowsiness is more likely to occur. Parents can help by making sure their teens are getting enough sleep.

Whether young or old, drowsy drivers are a danger to themselves, as well as others on the road. Like alcohol and drugs, sleep loss impairs driving skills, making hand-eye coordination, reaction time, vision, awareness of surroundings, judgment, and decision-making more difficult. AAA estimates that drowsy driving is responsible for approximately16.5% of fatal crashes. The risks of drowsy driving can be reduced by educating all drivers to watch out for signs of sleepiness at the wheel.

Know the danger signals of drowsy driving:

• Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids;

• Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts;

• Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs;

• Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes;

• Trouble keeping your head up;

• Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip; and

• Feeling restless and irritable.

Suggestions to keep alert behind the wheel:

• Get adequate sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours to maintain proper alertness during the day.

• Schedule proper breaks – about every 100 miles or 2 hours during long trips.

• Arrange for a travel companion – someone to talk with and share the driving.

• Avoid alcohol and sedating medications. Check your labels, or ask your doctor.

Countermeasures to prevent a fall-asleep crash while driving:

• Find a safe place to stop for a break or for the night.

• Drink a caffeinated drink. Be aware that it may take up to 30 minutes for caffeine to enter the blood stream. This is only a short-term benefit. People who regularly consume caffeine may not experience the same effect.

Source: National Sleep Foundation, http://drowsydriving.org  

Nothing takes the place of sleep in preventing a drowsy-driving-related crash. Be sure to be well rested before you drive. Most people know how dangerous drinking and driving is; driving drowsy can be just as fatal as driving drunk. Drive Alert…Arrive Alive!

      —————

Paula Butler is a Texas AgriLife Extension agent.

 

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • TAMU.jpg Aggie Muster taking place Monday at Cook Center

    Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Corsicana on Monday, April 21, for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • CISD Trustees to meet Monday

    The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session at 6 p.m. Monday at the administration building, 601 N. 13th St.

    April 19, 2014

  • Cancer Center Relay 1 Relay for Life fundraiser hits home as O'Neills offer drawing for weekend at guesthouse in Kemah

    Ten bucks. What will it get you these days? Maybe lunch. An eighth of a tank of gas. A pound of bacon. What about a beautiful weekend trip near the Texas coast? While helping an incredible local cause? You bet.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Friday morning fire damages home

    A home in the 1700 block of West Ninth Avenue in Corsicana was damaged by an early morning fire Friday.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-20 West Jump 1.jpg West honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 Campbell Award.jpg Campbell named ‘Texas Aviator of the Year’

    It was quite an honor for Corsicana's “Dr. Dave.” The longtime Corsicana physician, and namesake of C. David Campbell Field at the Corsicana airport was named 2014 Texas Aviator of the Year by the Texas Department of Transportation.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 Hop 1.jpg Kids at Hop Downtown offer insights into holiday

    The Hop Downtown, sponsored by the Main Street Office and local businesses, was colorful, loud and joyous, with Easter Bunny photos, free eggs, cookies, a bounce house and face painting Thursday afternoon in downtown Corsicana.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • 4-18-14 Wesley UMC.jpg Two churches set to close

    Two local United Methodist churches are going through the early stages of closing their doors.
    Barry United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in north Corsicana are both ending their ministries, according to their respective pastors.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 NavarroRegional.jpg Baker named hospital ‘Employee of Year’

    Navarro Regional Hospital has named Sandy Baker as 2013 Employee of the Year. This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Baker was chosen from among 327 fellow employees for the honor.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News for Friday, April 18, 2014

    News and announcements submitted by congregations throughout Navarro County.

    April 17, 2014