Authorities say increase in crashes blamed on drowsy motorists, who experts compare to drunk drivers, reports The Mercury News.

The California Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be aware of their sleepiness while adjusting to the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend, blaming “drowsy driving” — which experts compare to driving drunk — for a rise in crashes.

“Every year, the time change disrupts sleep patterns and may result in sleep-deprived drivers struggling with concentration behind the wheel,” reads a CHP news release issued Friday.

That phenomenon typically expresses itself with the day feeling longer because people’s internal clocks will, at the outset, still have them waking up an hour early. They could also feel tired earlier in the evening — overlapping with commute hours — until their bodies adjust.

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