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Craig briefs: Pregnancy Center to host art, dessert event

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host Dessert Night at 6:30 p.m. March 15 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St.

The evening will include a silent auction of specialty desserts, as well as a drawing for a painting provided by guest speaker Susan Chermack. Chermack is an artist and designer who has provided murals for the United States Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and many other locations.

Tickets are $7 per person, $10 per couple and $30 per table of eight. Funds raised will go toward YVPC's work with expectant families, including the Earn While You Learn program. For more information, call Katie Grobe at 970-824-5204.

Hepatitis A vaccine recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunization clinics, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination.

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For more information, call 970-824-8233.

AAA urges caution as Daylight Saving begins

As Daylight Saving Time begins and morning commutes start in the dark, AAA Colorado urges drivers to recognize warning signs of driver fatigue and take action to avoid tragedy, according to a press release.

According to recent research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than one-in-five (21 percent) fatal crashes involve driver fatigue.

These results help confirm what safety experts have long suspected: the prevalence of drowsy driving is much greater than official statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently indicate.

"This new research further confirms that drowsy driving is a serious traffic safety problem," Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, drivers often underestimate this risk and overestimate their ability to combat drowsiness behind the wheel.

This is especially a problem when drivers change their driving schedules for reasons such as the move to daylight saving time."

Previous research from the AAA Foundation revealed that young adult drivers, ages 19 to 24, are the most likely to admit to driving while drowsy, with 33 percent reporting doing so in the last month.

In contrast, the oldest drivers (ages 75-plus) and the youngest (ages 16-18) were the least likely to report the same offense.

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