Plan ahead for a busy weekend
Halloween on Friday; Adjust clocks on Sunday
SALEM — The last weekend in October this year is also the first weekend in November – and that means Halloween and the end of Daylight Savings Time occur just a day apart. For motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, trick-or-treaters and party-goers, it brings extra importance to the idea of planning ahead for safety – and for sleep.
“Getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to fend off drowsy driving,” said Troy E. Costales, ODOT’s Safety Division administrator. And getting several restful nights of sleep in a row is even better. That’s why safety advocates encourage people to begin “re-setting” their body clocks on Friday for the Sunday morning change. Of course this year, Friday is Halloween, and that may make calling it an ‘early night’ a little difficult.
In Oregon over the last five years, 54 people died in crashes involving a drowsy driver; last year alone 10 people died and 832 were injured. Across the country, 28 percent of American drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll, and more than half (54 percent) said they have driven while drowsy. That’s a risk that could be fatal.
In the Pacific Northwest, everyone will set their clocks back one hour sometime Sunday morning (officially, it occurs at 2 a.m.). While it may seem like people will get an extra hour of sleep, that’s not always the case. Any change in a sleeping pattern that can cause tiredness.
For more tips and information, read the latest news release.