Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer
Safety advocates and mother of crash victim warn travelers & outdoor enthusiasts to never drive drowsy
Zero Fatalities is urging drivers to avoid drowsy driving this summer, as fatigued-related crashes increase every year during the summer months. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. will host a media briefing with the mother of a teen who died in a drowsy driving-related crash.
With the first day of summer fast approaching, safety advocates ask drivers to be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with drowsy driving – and to drive safely. In Utah, more than 1,000 drowsy driving related crashes occur each year. Fatigue among drivers and passengers significantly increases the risk for a serious or fatal car crash. Not only does little sleep and physical activity cause fatigue, but so does sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours of the day.
Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m.
15000 S Ashland Ridge Dr. in Herriman
- Lucinda Campbell, mother of Tyler Blais, who died while driving home from a summer trip to the Grand Canyon
- John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
- Troy Tait, Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. spokesperson
Summer activities at the reservoir
Photos of Tyler and family
Thumb drive with photos and PSA