Anson Williams is a celebrated and respected director as well as a recognized philanthropist and business man. Williams, was recently honored by Congress, the CA Sate Senate, the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD, “Happy Days” star, Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), with the support of is Happy Days Cast and numerous other celebrity colleagues, has been joined by first responders across the country to raise awareness right now about the 4 Driving D’s — Distracted, Drugged, Drunk and Drowsy Driving. The latter of which is curently leading the list of casualties in the U.S. today.
You may have seen the headlines recently that 10% of all Crashes being credited to drowsy driving and the first hand accounts from students falling asleep at the wheel as well as injured workers who are speaking out on an issue of being overworked that is killing thousands as Drowsy Driving has moved ahead of drunk driving in deaths..
According to the LAPD, NYPD and police across the country, the numbers of injuries and deaths due to Drowsy Driving are climbing every day. In fact, Drunk driving has taken a back seat to those who are simply dosing off at the wheel.
As states like New Jersey lead the way with potential convictions of vehicular homicide for sleep-deprived drivers, a week in November now declared as National Drowsy Drivers Awareness week, and now new studies regarding the health risks for those using Energy Drinks to stay awake. Anson Williams (Potsie Weber / Happy Days) has been acknowledged as an expert on the subject from LAPD, CA Senate and Congress.
In the United States, 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheel every day, according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at (Harvard Medical School) and in a national poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 54% of adult drivers said they had driven while drowsy during the past year with 28% saying they had actually fallen asleep while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 6550 deaths and 80,000 injuries annually in the USA.
Drowsy Driving stats:
*** 30% of people report dozing off behind the wheel
*** 6,400 people die each year as a result of driving drowsy.
*** Losing 2 hours of sleep is equal to having 3 beers
Statistics show that deaths and accidents related to Drowsy Driving increases during the summer. In fact, drunk driving has now taken a backseat to drowsy driving as casualties numbers grow, effecting 1 in 5 accidents and responsible for thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage each year. Statistics show that deaths and accidents related to Drowsy Driving increases during the summer.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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