By Miriam Raftery
March 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – “My wife, Robyn, died when she fell asleep while driving on April 6, 1999 in Texas,” retired California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Konstantin recalls. “She was driving back to San Diego from Florida, where she had just picked up a car from her mother.”
Since then, Konstantin has championed the cause of warning others about the dangers of driving drowsy. In 2005, the California Legislature proclaimed April 6th—the date Robyn Konstantin died –as Drowsy Driver Awareness Day.
On Monday, March 17, Konstantin will be a guest on the East County Magazine Radio Show. Tune in at 5 p.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM.
“I have always found it to be ironic that one of my duties as a California Highway Patrol officer was to inform the public of the dangers of driving while drowsy. Yet, this is how my own wife died,” Konstantin says. “She was an excellent driver. This just proves it can happen to anyone.” Ironically, she drove past a freeway rest area just moments before her crash, he added. You can learn more at his website: http://drowsydriverawarenessday.com and by scrolling down in this article.