Drowsy Drivers Awareness Day is an American holiday that raises the dangers of driving while drowsy. If you are too tired and want to sleep, it is better to refrain from driving, as it is fraught with the risk of disaster. It is very easy to get into an accident when your concentration is minimal. Do not make this mistake! The holiday is celebrated annually on April 6.
The holiday was created by a man named Phil Constantine. In 1999, his wife fell asleep at the wheel and was involved in a fatal accident. Seven years later, he decided to bring this danger into the public eye and honor his wife by creating Drowsy Drivers Awareness Day.
This day also raises the problem of drunk driving. When a small dose of alcohol is drunk, concentration increases significantly, but gradually the effect wears off. When large doses are consumed, not only concentration suffers, but also control of the body in space. It is very difficult for the person to perform the simplest actions. Severe cases of intoxication at the wheel in 95% of cases end in serious accidents.
- Sleeping at the wheel causes about 100,000 accidents each year. About 20% of them are fatal.
- Statistically, sleepiness causes accidents 30% more often than drunk driving.
- More than half of all accidents due to drowsiness occur in drivers traveling long distances. This is especially true for long-haul truckers.
How to celebrate
Remind your relatives and friends, who work as truck drivers or often travel long distances, of the dangers of sleepy driving. If you yourself often go on the road not sleeping, then urgently stop making such a mistake!
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users, how often have they been driving while drowsy?
When is Drowsy Drivers Awareness Day celebrated in 2024?
Drowsy Drivers Awareness Day is observed on April 6 each year.