That was the headline on a press release I got today. I
It says ” … surprisingly, sleeping and driving has become a
major cause in serious car accidents. Sleepiness and driving is a
Would you think?
The release was sent to promote National Sleep Foundation’s
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which is Nov. 10-16.
They give some tips to keep you from becoming one of the 40,000
injured or 1,550 killed every year by drowsy driving. I
particularly like one about creating a play list of upbeat songs. ”
… when its just you and the open road no one will hear just how
tone-deaf you really are, so sing away,” it says.
This reminds me of a drowsy driving incident I had way back
when. I lived in Las Vegas for awhile and was always in a big hurry
to get home. I was almost back when I woke up in the middle of the
night on Highway 16. I was on the shoulder on the wrong side of the
road, headed for the ditch. Don’t know what woke me up, but thanks.
Another time I was a passenger in a car where the driver and I both
conked. We crashed.
So maybe this don’t sleep and drive campaign isn’t so silly
Ferries director David Moseley said during a meeting in
Southworth last week that the ferry system was considering selling
rights to the boats, like they do for stadiums. He wanted to know
if that would be “abhorrent” to anybody. Nobody gagged. “It would
be better than a fare increase,” said Sen. Derek Kilmer.
I wrote the other day about Washington State Ferries coming up
backup plan for the next time Bremerton goes down to one boat.
That came from a visit to Bremerton by ferries director David
Moseley and a bunch of his people. With riders’ help, they’re
putting a backup schedule in ink for the next time something
happens. There’ll only be one car ferry and a couple passenger-only
boats, but at least you’ll know when they’re coming and going.
Some riders complained that notification came late about how WSF
was going to handle the Walla Walla’s breakdown. Sitting on my butt
in front of my computer, it seemed like the info might’ve actually
come too fast, before they knew what was going on. One thing
you can’t criticize Moseley about is communication. He’s out there
practically every day talking to one group or another. It’s
obviously a high priority.
The problem was, it was believed that there would be two
passenger-only boats the next morning, and that was announced on
sailings from Seattle the night before, but one of the Victoria
Express boat’s certificate of inspection had expired and it
couldn’t be renewed on time.
There were other hurdles that operations director Steve Rodgers
pointed out the other night. There was no ramp in Bremerton for
passengers to board the foot ferries. They had to build one on the
spot. It’s now sitting down on the dock, ready to go next time.
Rodgers said the car ferry didn’t run at 6:20 a.m. sailing from
Bremerton because they didn’t know if riders would prefer the big
boat at 6:20 or 4:50 in the morning. Sounds like a no-brainer even
to me, and riders made sure to make that clear for next time.
Rodgers said there’s not enough room at the dock for more than
two state passenger ferries and two from Kitsap Transit. I have no
idea about that, but I will ignorantly say they should be able to
figure something out. Seems getting that third passenger ferry is
the key to making this thing work.
The butt of jokes for decades, East Port Orchard Elementary got
some props this week. The state Superintendent of Public
Instruction office named it as one of 98 Schools of Distinction for
improving its WASL reading and math scores over the past six
I remember not that many years ago when the newsroom made fun of
me and Travis Baker, distinguished EPO graduates, because EPO had
some of the worst, if not the worst, WASL scores in the county.
When I attended the school a few years back, other grade schools
in the district called us EPO, Elementary Prison for Oddballs.
By the way, the only other school in the county to be honored
also was from South Kitsap — Hidden Creek Elementary.
Evergreen Freedom Foundation President Bob Williams will join
more than a dozen volunteers from the group’s Citizens Action
Network at Colman Dock in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 16 to pass out
fliers to ferry riders about the condition of the Washington State
Ferries. It also will introduce people to group’s new ferries
Web site, www.ferry-tales.org.
The foundation is a private, nonprofit public policy think tank
based in Olympia. Williams was a Republican state legislator. The
group’s mission is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise,
and responsible government.
Terminal cameras are working their way across the state ferry
system. The latest to go live was the north end of Vashon Island,
on Thursday. Now you can get on the ol’ computer and check to see
if the ferry’s in sight yet, if you’ve already missed it, or if
there are too many cars waiting to even bother. The feeds from the
four cameras are refreshed every five minutes. They can be viewed
Up next is Port Townsend, where new cameras will be online soon.
Traffic cameras are already installed at the Fautleroy, Southworth,
Bainbridge, Anacortes, Kingston, Edmonds, Mukilteo, and Clinton
After the Walla Walla broke down Monday, the state moved one of
Bremerton’s car ferries to Kingston and brought in two passenger
ferries to try to try to fill in for the car ferry in Bremerton.
The state has taken this approach before but at other times has
grabbed one of Southworth’s three ferries for Bremerton. Under the
circumstances, the moves make sense, but there’s no avoiding that
Bremerton or Southworth will feel like they’re getting a raw deal.
Do you have any better ideas. Remember, there are no backup boats
Jeff Chew of the Peninsula Daily News wrote today that the
beleaguered Port Townsend-Keystone route will be without a car
ferry sometime before the end of the year. The Steilacoom II, which
the state is leasing from Pierce County, needs an annual Coast
Guard inspection that could take two to three weeks. It’s the only
ferry, apparently in the state, that can navigate Keystone harbor.
Passenger ferries will do what they can to fill in.
Locals are worried that it could happen during the holidays.
They didn’t have a car ferry during last Christmas and New Year’s
because the state abruptly retired the steel-electric ferries that
served the route in November because of unsafe corroded and pitted
I don’t know how they came up with an increase from 2007 to 2008
since this year is a long way from over, but … 7 percent sounds
pretty good. Washington’s ferries were down 1.2 percent from 2006
to 2007, to 23.7 million, and I think they dropped just about every
year after they started the big fare increases in 2000. I think
they peaked at about 28 million in 1999.
I’m not quite sure what Alaska means by consistent scheduling,
either. I’ve looked around for a more complete story, but haven’t
found one yet.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)
State transportation officials say the ferry system is getting
Passenger and vehicle traffic increased 7 percent between 2007 and
Transportation spokesman Roger Wetherell says consistency in
scheduling was the key factor.
The Alaska system is much different than Washington. It has 11
vessels serving 32 ports between Bellingham, Wash., through Prince
Rupert, British Columbia, and west to the Aleutians.