Paradise Couple Works to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Rod and Mary Cassidy are on a mission to prevent crashes like the one that killed their 19 year old daughter.

Posted: Nov 7, 2018 7:25 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 7:25 PM

    Rod and Mary Cassidy of Paradise lost their 19 year old daughter Brianna to a crash on the Skyway in 2016, caused by a drowsy driver.

    Their daughter was a pilot, a photographer, a missionary and had many other talents.  They are working to honor her memory through a non-profit called the Brianna Cassidy Wings of Passion Foundation at

     In her memory the Cassidys have worked hard to get funding and plans approved for new guardrails on that part of the road, and to promote awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving.  With help from Senator Jim Nielsen office and Congressman Doug LaMalfa's office  they were able to get verbiage on Drowsy Driving added to the 2018 D.M.V handbook.

   They also worked with Caltrans to put a message on their message board during Drowsy Driving Awareness week... November 5th thru the 12th. The National Sleep Foundation and CHP office is recognizing Drowsy Driving week statewide.

   According to the California Highway Patrol, drowsy driving can be as much of an impairment as drugs or alcohol. 

    Nationwide every year there are 300 thousand drowsy driving accidents, and 64 hundred of them are deadly. The age group most at risk is 16-24.  That's why the Cassidys have put together a powerpoint presentation for high schools and are hoping to visit as many as possible.  Because they could not find any informational materials, they created their own brochures, bookmarks, pins and wrist bracelets.

   In addition to the website, you can also learn more by calling (530) 475-2742. 



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