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Local schools kick off week promoting safer choices for children

5:52 AM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - This week marks two big efforts to encourage safe choices for kids of all ages with Red Ribbon Week and National Teen Driver safety week being recognized in the Sacramento area.

At West Sacramento's River High School, teens took part in a safety fair Monday to learn facts and tips informing and advising teens about safer practices behind the wheel. 

Thursday at Rio Americano High School, there will be two assemblies featuring speaker Leanna Clegg who lost her son in an accident before he was old enough to drive. Clegg's son got into a car with a young driver who shouldn't have had passengers. 

Parents are encouraged to learn and discuss California's Graduated Driver's License Law (GDL) with children.

Red Ribbon events kicked off in Natomas earlier this week. Doors at Natomas Park Elementary were decorated in recognition and Natomas Charter High School featured events including a no-drugs pledge and a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) assembly.

In Tuolumne County, Red Ribbon Week will be observed through November 1 and will have campus events including at Tioga High and Summerville Elementary.

In Sacramento as part of the California Friday Night Live Program outreach this week, an Olympic athlete will talk at lunchtime including Samuel Jackman Middle School Thursday and on Friday at Will Rogers Middle School.

The Sutter-Yuba Friday Night Live chapter will host their annual Haunted Asylum October 25, 26 and Halloween night to benefit safe driving program,s.

  • Friday 10/2  7-10:30 pm
  • Saturday 10/26  7-10:30 pm
  • Thursday 10/31  5-10:30
  • Admission is $5
  • 301 4th Street, Marysville
  • (530) 742-5483 

The theme of this year's National Teen Driver Safety Week is "It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents Driving." The CHP says parents can model safe driving and be the best example of safe choices behind the wheel.

Practice helps and an AAA survey finds 50 percent of parents surveyed believe time behind the wheel for teens to practice is important, but only 25 percent take time to do it.

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