Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: deputies urge drivers to sleep first, drive alert

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is urging drivers to be aware of the detrimental affects of operating a vehicle while feeling drowsy.
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Source: Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)— Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is urging drivers to be aware of the detrimental affects of operating a vehicle while feeling drowsy. The initiative is part of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Nov. 6-13.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 90,000 collisions due to drowsy drivers occurred in 2017. These collisions led to almost 50,000 people injured and approximately 800 fatalities.

The NHTSA says it’s working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to help change society’s attitudes about drowsy driving and hopefully lead to the decline of drowsy driving-related collisions.

For more information, visit https://www.thensf.org/drowsy-driving-prevention/

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