The Community Parent Center and district, in partnership with State Farm Insurance and the Allyson Rosenblatt Memorial Fund, recently sponsored an impaired and distracted driving educational simulator program for students at Calhoun.
The Arrive Alive Tour used a high-tech simulator and a number of other resources to educate the students about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The simulator allowed students to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a safe, controlled environment.
In addition to the simulator, New York State Troopers brought the "Seatbelt Convincer" to demonstrate the importance of always wearing a seatbelt. The Seat Belt Convincer is an educational tool that allows riders to experience force, up to five times their body weight, similar to that of a low impact crash.
“We bring this program to Bellmore-Merrick CHSD annually because the risk for motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19 year olds than any other age group,” said Wendy Tepfer, director of the Community Parent Center.” The Parent Center is committed to helping end these tragedies. If we can save teen lives, then we are doing our job.”
Due to inclement weather, the program scheduled for Mepham was cancelled. The Community Parent Center and Mepham plan to sponsor this program in spring of 2016.