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Featured Article:
  Drowsy Driving
Radio Show:
  The Empowered Child
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November, 2007

Wake Up to the Danger of
Drowsy Driving

A couple of weeks ago, while stopped at a red light on the main thoroughfare in Santa Barbara, I received a not so gentle jolt as a car ploughed into me from behind. The accident occurred in broad daylight--just after twelve noon, when the driver of the offending vehicle fell asleep at the wheel. In synchronistic fashion, just after my accident, I received an e-mail from the National Sleep Foundation announcing that November 5-11, is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

I considered myself not so gently nudged to get in gear and write to you about the dangers of driving while drowsy. Luckily, my car accident was relatively minor. No one was injured and the only damage was to our cars. But countless families have not been as fortunate and have faced catastrophic consequences from driving while drowsy or being hit by someone who momentarily dosed off at the wheel. My brother’s wife knows this all too well. Years ago her sister, mother, and her sister’s five year-old son, Philip, took a vacation together. When Grandma fell asleep at the wheel, she and her adult daughter were both killed. Young Philip survived, but he has had a hard time making his way in the world without his beloved mother and grandmother.

It always surprises me that there has not been a larger campaign waged to let people know about the dangers of driving while drowsy. While most people are aware of the very real dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many are unaware of the often fatal
consequences of drowsy driving. Like driving under the influence, sleepy drivers have impaired coordination and reaction time. And here’s a special warning to parents of teenage drivers. As a group, they are among the most sleep deprived segment of the population. If you have teenagers who drive, be sure to educate them on the dangers of driving while intoxicated AND on the dangers of driving while drowsy.

Here are a couple of statistics that are sure to wake us up to the dangers of driving while drowsy. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigue and drowsiness are the principal causes for approximately 100,000 reported crashes a year. And in the 2005 Sleep in America poll, 37% of respondents reported that they had fallen asleep while driving during the preceding year.

As we move into the holiday season, many of you will drive long distances to spend time with your friends and families. Please pull over if you’re the least bit sleepy. Don’t talk yourself into driving just a few more miles. It’s not worth the risk.

Have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!


Time Out With Patti Teel Radio Show: The Empowered Child

Wendy Garrido and Sue Woodward: This dynamic mother daughter duo has created North Star Family Matters a magazine to inspire conscious parenting and empowered kids. In my interviews with Wendy and Sue I discovered that Wendy had been an empowered child—largely due to the way her single mother, Sue, had raised her. Hear Wendy and Sue’s insights and learn how they are passing along their legacy of empowerment in an innovative publication.
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Time Out for Dreamers Guided Relaxation Practice: The Marionette

Children's Stories and Visualizations for Bedtime or Quiet Time
My parenting book, The Floppy Sleep Game Book includes story visualizations about a magical place called Dream Land. Many of you have written to me asking for more story/visualizations for your children. In response, I’ve created the Time Out for Dreamers audio series. Each week, I will be recording a new visualization that you can download and play for your children.
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