Fall back

SALEM — This week, we have Halloween on Thursday night (Oct. 31) and the “fall back” one hour time change on Sunday (Nov. 3). That mix could make for some dangerous driving conditions – but not if you plan ahead, make good choices and look out for each other.

Pedestrians and bicyclists – and trick-or-treaters: See and be seen! Wear reflective gear or place retro reflective tape on costumes, backpacks, etc. Days are getting shorter, so now’s the time to light up.

Party-goers: Make a plan for traveling safely so you aren’t a danger on the road. Better to be safe than contribute to a tragedy when youngsters are out and about – and every other day of the year, too.

Drivers: Get 7- 9 hours of sleep per night. Studies show most Americans need that amount of sleep to reach peak performance – yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 18% of adults in the U.S. sleep less than seven hours. Don’t be that drowsy driver.

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