April 5, 2012
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ST. JAMES — The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety – through its Meramec Region subcommittee – has awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with 10 Project Graduations and two school docudramas, all in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers and to encourage good decision making while driving.
The following Meramec Region schools received Project Graduation mini-grants, which included $100 in cash and $100 in prizes such as stadium blankets, backpacks, and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message:
Two docudrama programs received funding, including:
The coalition encourages the use of seat belts, booster seats and child safety seats and discourages drinking and driving, the use of cell phones while driving and other types of distracted driving. The coalition strives to be actively involved in promoting the Arrive Alive message by encouraging roadway safety during community events and school presentations.
While fatalities in the state declined in 2011, they increased in the Meramec Region. Meramec Regional Planning Commission worked through MoDOT and the Coalition has formed a subcommittee to focus local efforts on reducing fatalities.
In order to encourage safe driving for students, the newly formed coalition awarded its first community outreach grants for Project Graduation and school docudramas.
Project Graduation committees raise funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe atmosphere to celebrate graduation night. Docudrama presentations act out the repercussions of drinking and simulate accident scenes where students are killed.
The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District, which includes 18 counties.
Law enforcement, fire departments, EMS personnel, educators, healthcare professionals and the general public are invited to participate in the coalition and learn more about its efforts to reduce fatalities and accidents. The next meeting of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee is scheduled for June 2012 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive in St. James.
For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.