How the crash usually occurs *

  • The problem occurs during late night/ early morning or mid-afternoon (from 12am-6:00am)
  • The crash is likely to be serious
  • A single vehicle leaves the road
  • The crash occurs on a high-speed road
  • The driver does not try to avoid the crash
  • The driver is alone in the vehicle

Risks for drowsy-driving crashes*

  • Sleep loss
  • Driving between midnight and 6a.m.; driving a substantial number of miles each year and/or a substantial number of hours each day; driving in the mid-afternoon hours (especially for older persons); and driving for longer times without taking a break
  • Use of sedating medications, especially prescribed anxiolytic-hypnotics, tricyclic antidepressants, and some antihistamines
  • Untreated or unrecognized sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) and narcolepsy.
  • Consumption of alcohol, which interacts with and adds to drowsiness.

Young People, Especially Young Men, but Not Limited*

  • Drivers younger than 30, account for almost 2/3 of driving drowsy crashes
  • 20 years of age is the peak occurrence of drowsy-driving crashes
  • 18-39 year olds are over-represented in fall-asleep crashes (New York State Task Force, 1996)
  • Cultural and lifestyle factors leading to insufficient sleep, especially a combination of school work demands and part-time jobs, extra-curricular activities, and late night socializing

Auto crash Facts

Based on 2001 findings of the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Traffic Safety (2001)
  • 42, 116 fatalities
  • 66% of drivers died
  • 30% of passengers dies
  • 6.3 million crashes total in the U.S.A in 2001 only
  • 12 am-3am, Sat & Sun were the deadliest hours
  • 57% of fatal crashes involved only 1 vehicle
  • 43% of collisions w/another vehicle resulted in death
  • 41% of crashes involved alcohol
  • 79% of fatal crashes between 12am-3am involved alcohol on Saturday and Sunday


Pointers to get home safely

  1. Plan to get sufficient sleep (6-10 hours per night)
  2. Do not drink even small amounts of alcohol when tired-Alcohol increases fatigue.
  3. Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water per day at the festival
  4. Limit driving between 12am and 6am-High risk times for fatigue-related crashes.
  5. Learn to recognize the symptoms of driver fatigue. It is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is decreased ability to judge our own level of tiredness, signs include: loss of concentration, slow reactions, yawning, sore or tired eyes, boredom, restless, missing road signs, difficulty staying in the lane.
  6. When tired, switch drivers, or pull over to take a nap
    Wear a safety belt, even in the backseat! It reduces your chances of death or serious injury
  7. Caffeine will only last up to 1 hour of driving
  8. Plan your trip accordingly, allow for rest stops, sleep, and driving shift changes
  9. Do not drive alone at night, make sure someone is awake with you
  10. Be conscious, you are not the only one on the road!
  11. Sleepiness impairs performance, allow for plenty of time to get home

Follow the above pointers and...We will see you next year!

Camping Areas near Quincy

Too tired to drive? Here are some nearby campsites that are near Quincy, California. None of these campsites require a fee or reservations.

Brady's Camp

  • 6 miles east of Quincy, Squirrel Creek Road,
  • 8 miles towards Argentine lookout
  • No fees, 4 sites, vault toilets, no piped water
  • No reservations

Deanes Valley

  • 6 miles south of Meadow Valley
  • No fees, 7 sites, vault toilets, no piped water
  • No reservations

Silver Lake

  • 16 miles west of Quincy off Bucks Lake Road
  • No fees, 8 sites, vault toilets, no piped water
  • No reservations

Snake Lake

  • 8 miles northwest of Quincy off Bucks Lake Road
  • No fees, 7 sites, vault toilets, no piped water,
  • No reservations

Spanish Creek

  • 7 miles west of Quincy off Hwy. 70 near Keddie
  • No fees, 19 sites, no toilets, no piped water,
  • No Reservations

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