Drugs/Drinking, Distraction & Drowsiness

Together, through education and enforcement we can continue to lower the number of distracted, drunk or drugged drivers on the road.

As a Level II Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients, we often see patients involved in these types of preventable accidents. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol. 

Drugged and Drunk driving does not only affect adults, of the 239 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol impaired driving crashes in 2012, over half (124) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver (CDC).Together, through education and enforcement we can continue to lower the number of drunk/drugged drivers on the road.

Report a drunk/drugged driver and provide as much information as possible to the 911-dispatcher including: location of incident, direction vehicle is traveling, make and model of car and license plate number. Learn more about impaired driving.

What is Distracted Driving?

The principal actions that cause distracted driving and lead to vehicle crashes are:

  • Electronic device use (Cell Phone, GPS, Radio)
  • The drivers state of mind
  • Conversations with passengers
  • Eating or snacking
  • Reading or taking notes
  • Applying makeup

For more information on distracted driving click here.

Danger Signals for Drowsy Drivers

People do not always recognize when they are sleepy. You may feel awake, but if you
are tired you could fall asleep at any time. If you have any of the following symptoms
of sleepiness, pull off the road as soon as possible and find a place to sleep.

  • You have trouble keeping your eyes open and focused
  • You can’t keep your head up
  • You daydream or have wandering, disconnected thoughts
  • You yawn frequently or rub your eyes repeatedly
  • You find yourself drifting from your lane or tailgating
  • You miss signs or drive past your exit
  • You feel irritable and restless
  • You drift off the road and hit the rumble strips
  • You are unable to remember how far you have traveled or what you have
    recently passed by 

For more information on drowsy driving click here.

The Trauma and Emergency Services Team has prepared more injury prevention tips to keep you and your family safe. We invite you to learn more.

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