CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is partnering with Scotty’s Donuts at DuBois for the Donut Drive Drowsy campaign.
From November 7 to 13, Scotty’s Donuts will be giving away a free donut to any customer who sleeps seven hours or more on campaign nights.
To prove that customers have slept the entire time, staff will ask to see proof of the time tracked. In order to track a client’s sleep time, a FitBit or Apple Watch can be worn or download an app to your cellular device that can track sleep patterns.
“Whether caused by long nights caring for a newborn baby, overtime at work, or a night out with family and friends, the consequences of drowsy driving can be serious and potentially fatal.” , said Tom Zurat, district manager for PennDOT. “That’s why we’re excited to continue our partnership with Scotty’s to help raise awareness of this important area of safety concern and give people a little extra incentive to rest. “
Scotty’s Donuts will also distribute PennDOT advisories on the dangerousness of drowsy driving and warning signs a driver should look out for, such as:
- Having trouble keeping your eyes open and focused.
- The inability to hold your head up.
- Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts.
- Drifting out of your lane or out of the way, or tailgating.
- Yawn frequently or rub your eyes repeatedly.
- Missing signs or overtaking the planned turn or exit.
- Feeling irritable or restless.
- Being unable to remember the distance you have traveled or the landmarks you have crossed.
In 2020, there were 1,881 crashes involving drowsy driving that resulted in 11 deaths and 81 suspected serious injuries, according to PennDOT data.
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