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Increased drowsy driving collisions linked to daylight savings

NORTH COAST - We’ve all set the clocks forward for daylight savings but studies show, losing just one hour of sleep can affect a person’s internal clock for up to a week.

The California Highway Patrol says daylight savings results in drowsy driving and increased fatigue-related collisions.

According to the New England Journal of Medicineaccidents increase by approximately 8% on the Monday after daylight savings.

The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that more than 100,000 collisions happen each year due to drowsy driving and in California’s most recent data, more than 4,000 drowsy driver collisions occurred in one year.

"What we've seen is that people really underestimate the dangers of driving drowsy. It can affect your body very similar to the way alcohol and drugs do and that it can basically impair your driving and affect your decision making and affects your awareness level on the roadway. So we really want to remind motorists that as they're adjusting to the new time that they just pay attention to themselves and make sure you're getting enough sleep," said CHP's Public Information and Recruiting Officer, Matt Harvey.