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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK, VOL 7 NR. 12

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

Your eyes start to feel heavy and your eyelids begin to droop. Soon, your head starts to nod. You’re on your way home and behind the wheel. You blink hard and try to focus on the road but realize you’ve crossed over into oncoming traffic. Quickly you regain control of the wheel and get straightened back in your lane. You’re lucky this time, but next time could be different. You fell victim to drowsy driving. People think about the dangers of drinking and driving every day, but drowsy driving-which is just as dangerous and fatal, isn’t at the top of many minds. Just like alcohol, sleepiness slows your reaction time, impairs judgement and increases the risk for crashing while driving.

 

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), drowsy driving causes more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes drowsy driving involves about 1 in 6 deadly crashes, 1 in 8 crashes resulting in hospitalization, and 1 in 14 accidents where a vehicle was towed. These statistics show the lack of awareness and education on this topic. Especially around the holiday season, when the roads become busy, it’s time to bring alarm and raise concern about drowsy driving.

 

In a poll by the NSF, 97% of people see drowsy driving as a threat to safety on the roads. As a driver, it’s important to understand that prolonged periods of being awake, long days at work or school, etc. make it unsafe to be on the road.

 

It can be hard to tell when you’re too tired to drive. Here are some signs:

  • Frequent blinking, heavy eyelids

  • Trouble remembering the last few miles driven

  • Missing exits or traffic signs

  • Rubbing your eyes

  • Drifting from your lane

 

If you’re driving to visit friends and loved ones this holiday season, be sure to make sure you’re getting enough sleep (7-8 hours) before driving. Also, try these helpful tips to make the drive safe:

  • Listen to music or a podcast: this will help keep your brain moving and alert

  • Eat energy foods: fruits, nuts or dark chocolate are good alternatives to caffeine and these super foods are rich in vitamins

  • Stay hydrated: dehydration is prone to cause irritability, which will affect your concentration and overall alertness

  • Stretch: keep your blood pumping to regenerate and stay awake

 

If you have any questions about drowsy driving or how to stay safe on the long-road trips during the holiday, contact your local law enforcement.

 

From my family and everyone at the Sheriff’s Office, we would like to wish everyone a Safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

 

Sources:

Drowsydriving.org

Sleepfoundation.org

 

 

????Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Warrants

23

10

11

14

15

Citations

89

89

136

73

 

150

Crashes

30

44

22

32

32

DUI’S

2

3

1

0

2

Civil Process

91

111

91

102

 

85

Criminal Arrests

4

5

5

6

5

Domestic Calls

12

11

13

11

12

Calls For Service

500

531

508

449

427

 

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

89

89

87

79

71

Average Daily Population

59

57

54

59

61

Fingerprints

21

11

21

24

15

Transports

29

15

19

16

11

Transport Mileage

2198

3522

2124

2414

1276

Transport Hours

140

162

113

103

73

 

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