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Drowsy Driving

Every year Oregon lives are lost due to suspected or confirmed incidences of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Drowsy driving crashes are known to be underreported, as they are hard to detect upon investigation, so the true numbers of drowsy driving related crashes are likely higher than statistics show. ORS 811.140 Reckless Driving. 

This is why it is important to learn the warning signs of drowsy driving:

  • Yawning or blinking frequently
  • Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven
  • Missing your exit
  • Drifting from your lane
  • Hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road

If you experience any of these warnings signs, pull over to rest or change drivers. Simply turning up the radio or opening the window are not effective ways to keep you alert.

For more warning signs and information about drowsy driving, we have provided links to some useful materials below.

Drowsy Driving Media

Billboards and Posters



Kelly Kapri 
Program Manager
DMV - Transportation Safety Office
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97314