Drowsy driving puts everyone at risk
Nov. 13, 2012 — A tired driver is a dangerous and potentially deadly driver. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the National Sleep Foundation in a weeklong campaign to educate motorists during “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week,” Nov. 12 through 18.
“Fatigued drivers are a safety risk on our roadways,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “If you are tired, reaction time and judgment can become impaired. Tired drivers behave similarly to those who are intoxicated.”
According to statistics from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2010, the most recent year in which finalized figures are available, there were more than 3,600 collisions in California involving drowsy drivers. As a result of those collisions 32 people died and more than 2,000 others were injured.
Drowsiness can reduce reaction time, impair judgment and vision, and impact a driver’s
The CHP and the National Sleep Foundation offer the following tips to drivers to reduce their risk of falling asleep behind the wheel:
•Get enough sleep, at least seven to nine hours, to help maintain alertness.
•On long road trips, schedule breaks every couple of hours or every 100 miles.
•When possible, travel with a companion who can take a turn behind the wheel or help keep the driver awake.
•Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep.
•Avoid alcohol or medications that cause drowsiness.
•Consume caffeine as it increases alertness.
•When tiredness sets in, exit the highway and find a safe location to park and rest.
“With a few simple precautions drivers can help prevent future tragedies from occurring,” said Farrow.
Lady Jacks take section title
The Westwood High School Lady Jacks softball team not only had an undefeated season, but is now celebrating winning the Northern Section Division VI championship. The Lady Jacks took on Maxwell High School Saturday, May 18 and won, 2-1, earning themselves the section title. The team ended...Read More...
Susanville Area Bicycle Association gets active on the Bizz Johnson Trail
May 23 — The Susanville Area Bicycle Association is inviting bikers, hikers, runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels to the Bizz Johnson Trail at 6 p.m. Tuesday evenings. The weekly event is part of an outdoor series the association will be putting on through October. The event will begin...Read More...
Lassen College basketball player receives scholarship
Justin McBride takes a shot for the Lassen Community College Cougars. McBride was on the 2013 Golden Valley Conference men’s basketball championship team and recently accepted a scholarship to attend and play basketball for Grace University in Omaha, Neb. Photo submitted May...Read More...