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Daylight Standard Time This Weekend
October 31, 2012
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. In fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time.

Contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates the observance of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving time and Time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Holiday Safe Driving Tips
October 31, 2012
It’s a numbers game, plain and simple. During the holidays there’s a drastic increase in the number of vehicles on the road, and the more vehicles there are on the road, the greater the chances of a collision. People make trips to visit families and friends in places they may not be familiar driving, the weather begins to change, and nights -- a time when incidents tend to increase -- become longer. With so many extra cars and potential hazards on the road, the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to remind Californians of a few tips that can save lives, reduce stress, and ensure that the holidays are a happy and healthy one for all.

Always wear your seatbelt, and wear it properly! November is a Click It or Ticket Awareness Month, and for good reason:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that in 2010, 55 percent of the fatalities that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday were drivers who were not wearing their seatbelts.
  • The chances of survival in a crash double whenever you use your seat belt NHTSA estimates that the lives of 1,243 Californians were saved in 2011 by buckling properly.
  • Properly buckling up not only has the potential to save your life and the lives of your loved ones, it can save your wallet as well: the minimum cost of a seat belt violation is $159, and a first-time offense for improperly restraining a child is a minimum of $475, with subsequent violations costing a minimum of $1,055.
Never drive while distracted:
  • 80 percent of all crashes stem from driver inattention, with cellphones being the largest source of distraction. Reduce the temptation to respond to calls and texts by silencing your phone and letting people know when you’ll be driving so they can avoid trying to contact you. If you MUST respond, pull over! It could save your life.
  • Going to visit friends or family that you haven’t seen in a while? Look at the map and review directions before you leave, or set the volume on your GPS to an adequate level so that you can hear it without having to watch it. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be deadly.
  • Eat your meals and do your makeup before you leave the house.
  • Again, give yourself extra time!
Always follow at a safe distance and speed by:
  • Driving with the flow of traffic. If you’re moving at a slower speed, drive in a lane to the right of faster traffic if one is available. Driving faster than the flow of traffic and weaving in and out of lanes greatly increases the risk of a crash.
  • Following at a safe distance. Tailgating severely limits the time available to react to an incident. It can also distract other drivers by making them nervous and shifting their focus on to you, putting you both at greater risk for a crash.
  • Planning ahead and give yourself extra time! Picking someone up at the airport? Trying to get to a gathering on time? Make sure to leave early and anticipate traffic. Not only will this eliminate the need to speed, it will help your stress level during the holiday.
Always Plan ahead:
  • If you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver or make arrangements to stay overnight. A DUI can cost more than $10,000 between fines, fees, classes, and lawyers, and can stay on your record for years. Killing someone because you chose to drive drunk can land you in jail and haunt you for the rest of your life.
  • If you’re going to be at an evening gathering, make sure you take care to prevent drowsy driving. Driving while tired can affect decision-making and reaction time, so be sure to get enough sleep and if you can help it, try not to make the drive alone.

If you’re traveling on the roads this holiday season, planning ahead, reducing distractions, and buckling up can save your life and help prevent injury to you, your loved ones, and others on the road. For more tips on safe driving, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov.

Secure 24-Hour Drop Box for Ballots Added In Sutter County
October 30, 2012
Sutter County voters with Vote by Mail ballots can drop them in a new, secure box outside of the County Elections Office if they choose not to mail them or are not sure they will get to the Elections Office by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The drop box, which is new for this election, is located in the front of the Elections Department at 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

"The new secure drop box gives voters an additional opportunity to return their ballot" said Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston.

Vote by Mail Ballots can also be dropped at any polling place in Sutter County on Election Day. Only ballots received by Elections officials prior to 8 p.m. on Election Day will be counted.

2012-13 Mini-Grant Program
October 29, 2012
Sutter County Children and Families Commission is pleased to announce the release of the 2012-13 Mini-Grant Program. There are two funding applications available. One application is for Licensed Childcare Providers and the other is for Community Partners.

Applications are due to the Commission office December 21, 2012 at noon.

For more information, contact the Commission office at (530) 822-7505 or Michele Blake or Julie Price

Sutter County’s DeBeaux, Broussard To Head Inland Chapter of California Emergency Services Association
October 23, 2012
John DeBeaux Jr., manager of Sutter County's Office of Emergency Management, was elected President of the Inland Chapter of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA).

The non-profit organization of public and private emergency professionals was formed in 1965 to promote awareness of the need for training and resources to maintain California's preparedness for disasters. It works cooperatively with the California Emergency Management Agency, and national and international emergency preparedness organizations.

Mr. DeBeaux was one of four emergency management officials from this area who were elected to CESA's Inland Chapter Board of Directors at a conference in early October. The Inland Chapter covers 31 counties from Kern in the south to Siskiyou in the north.

Jennifer Broussard, Emergency Response Coordinator with the Sutter County Public Health Division, was elected Vice-President; Janice Bell, of the Colusa County Sheriff's Department's Office of Emergency Services, was elected Secretary; and Scott Bryan, Yuba County's Emergency Operations Manager, was elected Treasurer.

Terms of office for the new officers begin January 1.

West Nile Death in Sutter County
October 22, 2012
A Sutter County woman died in September from neuroinvasive West Nile Virus infection (WNV) and is the first reported death from WNV for Sutter County since WNV appeared in California. The WNV information for this case was not initially available, but later information was reported and the physician confirmed WNV. Our sympathy goes to the family.

Six human cases in Sutter County had been previously reported this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/.

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

Haunted Health Fair
October 22, 2012
Join us at our 4th annual Haunted Health Fair on Friday, October 26th from 3pm-6pm at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle. Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun!
National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 09, 2012
Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for our nation's teens, and they are more common among young drivers than any other group. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 3,115 fatalities involving teenagers, and analysis of fatal crash data indicates that crashes involving teenage drivers are more likely due to driver error. Impact Teen Drivers, a nonprofit organization that provides awareness about responsible driving, with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and deaths suffered by teen drivers, reports that the fatality rate for drivers ages 16 to 19 is four times higher than for drivers ages 25 to 69. What's more, they note that an overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions, not thrill-seeking or risk-taking.

With such staggering statistics, it is important to remember that driver education does not stop after behind-the-wheel training—it is an ongoing process that requires extensive experience and attention to new and different scenarios. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 14-20, the California Office of Traffic Safety urges parents to recommit to continuing their teen drivers' education beyond their driver test.

The following tips can go a long way toward making sure your teen develops, and practices, safe driving behavior:

  • Use positivity, not scare tactics — Positively engaging your teen is an effective way of bringing their attention to these issues without creating an atmosphere in which they feel attacked. Focusing on the deadly impacts of unsafe driving is a popular way to reach teens, but a long-term foundation can be created by affirming good driving habits. Instead of telling them what not to do, try focusing on what good driving behavior is—wearing a seatbelt, driving focused and undistracted, and driving alert—both substance-free and well-rested.
  • Use real-world situations to create an environment for teaching and learning — Letting your teen drive more often while you're in the car gives you an opportunity to encourage good driving practices, such as adequate speed and following distance, and correct other behavior as it’s happening. It's also important to use the times you're behind the wheel, with your teen in the car, to set a positive example by wearing a seatbelt at all times, driving at a safe speed and following distance, and eliminating distractions as you drive. Remember, 80 percent of all crashes stem from driver inattention!
  • Remember, unsafe driving doesn't stop at graduation — A lot of the focus on teen drivers falls on high school-aged teens, but out of sight should not mean out of mind. Teens starting college often experience more freedom, less supervision, and easier access to drugs and alcohol. A strong foundation can go a long way, but it is important to continue to educate young drivers by reminding them of responsible driving practices and ensuring that they understand the responsibility that comes with more freedom.
  • Use resources, including other kids – Get your teen involved in any of the many in-school and peer-to-peer programs like Start Smart, Right Turn, Teen Smart, Every 15 Minutes, Friday Night Live, Sober Graduation, and Teens in the Driver's Seat.
By using positive messages, consistently encouraging safe behavior, and being a positive role-model themselves, parents can make a serious impact in lowering the number of crashes and fatalities among teen drivers. For more information on National Teen Driver Safety Week and other tips on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at www.nhtsa.gov, and Impact Teen Drivers at www.impactteendrivers.org.
CFC Advisory Committee Vacancy
October 02, 2012

Sutter County Children and Families Commission are accepting applications for membership to serve on the Advisory Committee to our Commission. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to serve as a “think tank” for the Commission to research issues and gather information on items of interest as established by the Commission. Each year the Commission will identify an issue or a set of issues that the Advisory Committee can address. The Commission will seek to appoint the most qualified subject matter experts in the community to study and make recommendations on the identified topics of interest.