Drowsy driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents on Florida’s and our nation’s roadways. Every year, thousands of accidents are caused across the nation by drivers who are tired, and who drift off to sleep or who are not able to pay enough attention to road conditions.
In an effort to reduce drowsy driving, November 3 to 10 has been designated 2019 Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, the purpose is to reduce the number of drivers who elect to drive while sleep-deprived. The Foundation encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when alert and refreshed.
The Florida Department of Transportation and the FL511 team also support this outreach effort, as one of many steps to ensure the safety of motorists on Florida roadways. All motorists should get enough sleep before heading out on the road. However, in the event that a driver is drowsy, the FL511 Mobile App can help. First, truckers can find available truck parking spaces along Florida’s roadways. Second, motorists on Florida’s Turnpike can search for the nearest service plaza to stop, take a break, and purchase a cup of coffee or snack.
As an added safety measure, FDOT encourages motorists to use the FL511 Mobile App and fl511.com website to plan their trip, check for incidents, and access to statewide travel information along Florida’s interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways. For more information about the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS), please click here.