PennDOT Urges Motorists to Avoid Drowsy Driving

- With the seasonal time change this weekend, PennDOT reminds drivers to stay alert behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NTSHA), more than 100,000 crashes are caused by drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel each year.

Of those crashes, there are 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 injuries. Additionally, more than half of those involved are age 15 through 24.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead for Daylight Savings Time which begins on Sunday, March 9, 2014 and ends on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

Getting adequate sleep, taking breaks approximately every two hours on long trips, and avoiding sedating medications can reduce drowsy driving crashes.

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