LAMOILLE — The members of LaMoille High School’s Operation Teen Safe Driving team has launched an initiative to show the community how important it is to drive safely. The theme for this outreach is:
“Could You Live Without Me?
It Only Takes a Minute
• To buckle up
• To put the phone down
• To check your speed
• Turn the phone off.”
To get the message across to the community, yard signs were printed and placed around LaMoille, Van Orin and Arlington. Bottle labels were also placed on coffee cups, water bottles and pop bottles at the local gas station, FS Fast Stop.
Operation Teen Safe Driving Week was held Feb. 11-14. This year it was combined with Hoopla Week. Throughout the week students were given the opportunity to participate in the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program.
An assembly including LaMoille High School and Ohio High School students was held on Feb. 12. The Operation Teen Safe Driving team was introduced, and the classes competed in relay races and activities. At the basketball game that evening with Earlville High School, 88 students and adults signed the Allstate Pledge Not to Text and Drive. The American Academy of Pediatrics Parent-Teen Driving Agreement and information on the Safe Driver App were handed out to parents. Coloring books and colors were distributed to encourage the younger students to wear seat belts and use booster seats.
LaMoille High School was awarded $2,000 to use from December through February to encourage students to use good driving practices. A seat belt survey was done at the beginning and will be done at the end of this period. This program is sponsored by Illinois Department of Transportation, Allstate and Ford.