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Teen traffic summit

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaSomething is painfully sad about the number — 120 or more — ofteenagers who will gather at the Rock Eagle 4-H Camp nearEatonton, Ga., for the Teen Summit on Traffic Safety July 22-24.The teens won’t be sad. They’ll be having fun. The University ofGeorgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has planned anexciting weekend for the young drivers who will be learningcritical principles of traffic safety.It’s just that number.It dogs you when you realize the number attending the summit ontraffic safety is smaller than the 200 or more teens who die eachyear in automobile crashes on Georgia roadways.It’s even worse if you compare it to the more than 6,000 teenswho die nationally each year in auto accidents. “It’s dangerousout there on the highways,” said Beth Bartlett, a GTIPIparent-youth outreach education assistant.But there’s hopeThe teens at the summit will be trained to teach traffic safety,Bartlett said, to elementary and middle school students in theircommunities.They’ll help adult instructors, too, with the two-hour “GeorgiaTeens Ride with PRIDE” (Parents Reducing Incidents of DriverError) class for parents and their teen drivers.There are still openings in the summit, Bartlett said. There’sstill time, too, to sign up for the remaining scholarships.The cost of the summit is only $100 for the three days. Butscholarships cover even that cost for 120 students from 60Georgia high schools.Scholarship applications must be turned in by July 1. They’re atUGA Extension Service county offices and on-line at www.ridesafegeorgia.org.Each must include a simple letter of recommendation from a county4-H agent, SADD leader, school administrator or teacher, GeorgiaTeens Ride with PRIDE instructor or law enforcement officer.Low costTeens who attend the summit on scholarships must agree to givetraffic safety presentations at local schools. But their onlyexpense will be getting to and from Rock Eagle.”Adult supervisors and leaders are also invited,” said GTIPIDirector Steve Davis. “Scholarships are available for 30 adults.”Fax completed applications to (678) 413-4293. Or mail them toGTIPI, 1070 Culpepper Drive, Suite 300, Conyers, GA 30094.Want to know more? Call Bartlett or Frankie Jones at1-800-342-9819 or (678) 413-4281 or Mindy Linton at (912)652-7992. Or go to the Web site (www.ridesafegeorgia.org).Increasing the number of teens at the Teen Summit on TrafficSafety can help decrease that other number. You know — one youdon’t want to think about.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more


THIS CASE is why we supported the ‘Three Strikes’ Law

first_imgMan beat girlfriend to death over texts to exStuff co.nz 27 March 2018Five months after walking free from jail, Dylyn Davis killed his girlfriend.He beat her to a bloody pulp in the garage of a Hamilton home, enraged that she had sent text messages to a former partner saying she felt unsafe.Then he walked away, leaving Aroha Kerehoma lying battered and motionless on the floor of the Dominion Rd garage where they lived in Nawton, Hamilton.Stuff has learned that Davis was released from central North Island’s Rangipo Prison on August 12, 2017 after serving a two years and four and a half month sentence for aggravated robbery.He was subject to special conditions for six months following that date.In July 2011 he was jailed for two years for a raft of charges, stemming from incidents on the night of November 26, 2010.On that night a drunk Davis, armed with a hockey stick, smashed three windows of the Path-lab building in Urlich Ave, Melville, before setting his sights on a dairy owner who was locking up his shop nearby.Davis walked toward him and lit the spray from an aerosol can, causing a large flame he then directed towards the dairy owner’s face.The flame came inches away from the victim’s face.At his sentencing then-Crown prosecutor Sheila Cameron said Davis had told police that he did it for fun.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/102616947/man-beat-girlfriend-to-death-over-texts-to-exlast_img read more