As we approach National Drowsy Drivers Awareness week in November, we are hoping that you might have interest in an interview opportunity with Anson Williams (Potsie Weber / Happy Days) on the subject, in which he has been acknowledged as an expert from LAPD, CA Senate and Congress.
In the United States, 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheel every day, according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at (Harvard Medical School) and in a national poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 54% of adult drivers said they had driven while drowsy during the past year with 28% saying they had actually fallen asleep while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 6550 deaths and 80,000 injuries annually in the USA.
Drunk driving is taking a back seat to drowsy driving, as casualty numbers growing, effecting 1 in 5 accidents as well as being responsible for thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage each year and climbing during the summer.
DROWSY DRIVING STATS:
*** 30% of people report dozing off behind the wheel
*** 6,400 people dieeach year as a relt of driving drowsy.
*** Losing 2 hours of sleep is equal to hsving 3 beers
*** False Info: Loud Music and rolling windows down will not protect you from drowsy driving.
"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will,” has become a motto that has been embraced by Anson Williams, who is continuing the efforts of his famous cousin (whom he called Uncle), Dr. Henry Heimlich (CREATOR OF THE Heimlich Maneuver), by saving lives. Perhaps best known for his role of Potsie Weber on the hit series "Happy Days," Anson is currently in the process of working with numerous organizations in several cities, in an effort to create an ongoing campaign to raise Drowsy Driving Awareness. As a father of five girls, he is concerned with the growing problem. Williams is taking a little known fact that has saved his own life to the public that could do the same for other families across the country.
For many, the first thought is ... Drowsy Driving? It doesn't sound too serious, does it? FALSE - It has serious consequences and claims many lives and injuries to thousands of Americans each year. In fact, it can be just as dangerous as, and happens more often than, drunk driving, according to recent statistics. Since local police departments often report accidents caused by Drowsy Driving as "Driver lost control of vehicle," the numbers are even higher.
It is not surprising that Drowsy Driving has become a leading problem and issue, given the enormous pressure put on people to not only succeed, but support a family in ever changing financial times, while still saving for the future - They are working longer and harder than ever before, and falling asleep at the wheel has become a very unwelcome and dangerous result of modern times - A problem that many police officers have said is a huge problem.
FRAN CLOW - EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS & MEMBERSHIP RELATIONS, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS - CELEBRATION OF HARVEST
The Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest is four days of wine and culinary experiences in Santa Barbara Wine Country Friday, September 29th - Monday, October 2nd celebrating the annual wine grape harvest.
CELEBRATION OF HARVEST WEEKEND EVENTS
We are getting into the full swing of the 2017 Celebration of Harvest Weekend schedule. Events and updates are coming in everyday, so make sure you're staying on top of what's happening. Whether it's a Vineyard tour, exclusive dinners, or our Taste of Santa Barbara County the Weekend Schedule on the Celebration of Harvest is your one stop spot for all that's going on. Make sure to keep checking for updates! Harvest is only once a year!
Special Passport Ticket Holder Experiences
As a Passport ticket holder you are able to experience special hospitality offerings just for you. There are 13 unique experiences up on our calendar and more keep coming in. Also, many of the vineyards and tasting rooms will have food trucks, caterers, and in house tasty bites throughout the weekend. Be sure to check out the full list below, and of course get your Passport Ticket ordered today!
Collaborative Winemaker Dinners
Join us at one of the Collaborative Winemaker Dinners ($135 per person) hosted by highly regarded and "favorite" local restaurants featuring fresh regional produce. The perfect way to enjoy the local flavors of food and wine pairings!
East Meets West at The Gathering Table - Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
Surf & Turf at Angel Oak - Saturday at 6:30 P.M.
Los Alamos Cowboy BBQ at Valle Fresh & Babi's Beer Emporium in Los Alamos - Sunday at 4:30 P.M.
Farm to Fork Vine to Glass at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe - Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
The Taste of Santa Barbara Wine Country
THE OPENING NIGHT WINE & FOOD CELEBRATION
Join us on Friday evening on September 29th from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. for the new Taste of Santa Barbara Wine Country at The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort's beautiful, ocean-front outdoor pavilion in downtown Santa Barbara. This new outdoor tasting event will feature 50 Santa Barbara Vintners winery members pouring new fall releases and library wines alongside mouth watering bites from Santa Barbara Wine Country's top restaurants and artisans.
Tickets are $95 per person for General Admission at 7:00 p.m. and $125 per person for Early Entry at 6:00 p.m.
Designated Driver tickets are also available for $40 per person.