A Community Safety Fair was held by local law enforcement agencies and Valley Health Saturday to promote safety and well-being in our community.
"Our goal is to make sure we have a safe environment for our children in this community and to give them education and tools to be safe," says Valley Health CEO Mark Merrill. "We're outfitting them with helmets. Anything you can do to prevent injury, unnecessary accidents, we're supportive of that."
There was plenty of fun and games, including a dunk tank and a moon bounce, mostly for younger kids. However there was one event in particular aimed at adults, and distracted drivers in particular.
"We're allowing licensed drivers and students with permits to operate the vehicle wearing DUI googles to see how it is to drive impaired so they learn not to drive impaired or text while driving," says Lt. Robert Gaither of Winchester Police. "Today it's a cone, that could be a kid or someone else down the line. We're trying to give them tips on what to do and what not to do."
Gaither helped plan the event and says preparation for next year is already underway.
"What we're doing right now, in our minds we got our gears tunring, thinking of what we can do to make it better next year. Where we can locate people, what more can we add, who else can we bring out here, to give more educational tips."
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