Thursday, February 20, 2014

Valley United Way supports driver safety program

Pedal carts, seen here at a Children’s Health and Safety Fair, are used to teach teens about distracted and drunk driving and younger children about pedestrian safety. / Contributed photo

DERBY - The Valley United Way is helping Griffin Hospital’s Valley Parish Nurse Program and Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley “drive” home the dangers of distracted driving to teenagers.
The Valley United Way’s Special Needs Grants Program recently awarded Safe Kids and the Valley Parish Nurses $2,000 to purchase an additional pedal cart and key chains for their Teen Safe Driving Program.

The pedal carts will be used to show teenagers how difficult it is to drive and text at the same time and how blurred vision caused by drinking makes driving extremely dangerous. 
The new pedal cart will also be used for the Safe Kids’ Pedestrian Safety Program to teach younger children how difficult it is for a car to stop at fast speeds, so they know to take precautions when crossing the street.
The flashlight key chains have “Friends don’t let friends drive distracted” imprinted on them and will be given to teenagers as a constant reminder when they get behind the steering wheel.
“The pedal carts help us educate teens and children because it’s interactive,” said Cathi Kellett, Special Programs Coordinator for the VPN. “If you have that hands-on component, they understand more about driving and road safety than just reading a pamphlet.”

The Valley United Way Special Needs Grant program is designed to provide funding for special needs or new programs. Funding for the program comes from donors who have expressed an interest in funding areas of importance to them, including health, education and graduation, income, elder care basic needs, youth and recreation, and housing and shelter.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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