SLCPD reminds community about dangers of drowsy driving

Jan 12, 2024, 1:12 PM | Updated: 1:17 pm

aftermath of three car crash serves as reminder about drowsy driving...

Salt Lake City Police investigate a three-car crash on Jan. 9, 2024. (Salt Lake City Police Department)

(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — Following a three-car crash on Tuesday, the Salt Lake City Police Department wants to remind the community about how dangerous drowsy driving is. 

On Tuesday. officers responded to a three-car crash at 2690 South 700 East. A release from SLCPD explained one car had significant damage and airbags deployed. 

When officers spoke to the driver of that vehicle, she explained she fell asleep behind the wheel. She drifted off the road and crashed into a fire hydrant. After hitting the fire hydrant, the car went airborne, rolled, landed upright and hit two other vehicles. 

The two other cars had minor damage. No serious injuries resulted from the crash. 

According to the SLCPD, research shows the majority of drowsy-related crashes occur when only one person is in the vehicle.

Sleep patterns, work schedules and driving conditions are all factors that increase drowsiness. To prevent these factors, SLCPD said research shows the most effective preventive measure is proper rest. 

Furthermore, the SLCPD recommended never getting behind the wheel if you are tired. If you find yourself behind the wheel and feel drowsy, the SLCPD said to safely stop the car, and allow your body to rest. 

It’s also recommended to call a family member or friend to help you complete the trip. 

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