OSHP Raises Awareness for National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- As we enter the late fall and early winter months, this time of year happens to be when a lot of people do a lot of long distance driving under the dark of night.

This increase in nighttime traffic coincides with the holidays and can be surprisingly taxing to someone used to short commuting distances.

“Towards Thanksgiving that’s one of the most popular driving times of the year, people drive a lot of long distances. They’re driving distances that they’re not quite used to, they’re driving more hours than what they basically can handle,” Russell Pasqualetti, lieutenant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol stated.

This overexertion from driving long distances can cause the body and brain of vehicle operators to react and behave in a surprisingly risky way. 

“They almost become almost like an impaired driver. They start drifting off, and don’t realize what their following distance is. And that can lead to other crashes,” Lieutenant Pasqualetti said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the best way to prevent drowsy driving is planning rest stops where you can recharge your body through sleep, coffee, or physical activity to prevent your body from winding down. 

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Gunnar is a recent graduate of Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire having majored in meteorology with minors in mathematics and communications. He was on the varsity track & field team all four of his years at Plymouth competing in the long jump, triple jump, and 100m and 200m races. Growing up in Central Florida, having endured many relentless hurricane seasons and experiencing pop-up thunderstorms everyday during the summer inspired his initial interest in the weather. A lack of cold weather subsequently drove him to attend college in New Hampshire. This was to experience a whole other side of the weather: winter. He is excited to have just moved to Ohio and explore what all the state has to offer. He also hopes that Ohio is a happy middle ground between how hot Florida is and how cold New Hampshire is. In his free time, Gunnar enjoys staying active, going on photography photoshoots, and gardening.