Princeton Police receives $2,000 grant

Monies to help better promote safe driving in the community

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:40 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton Police Department recently received a $2,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Co. and Allstate Insurance that will assist in better promoting safe driving to area students and community members.

The campaign kicked off this week and will be promoted at various events with the help of community student groups. The campaign runs until the end of February.

PPD School Resource Officer Alex Arauza, who wrote in for the grant, explained various activities have been planned throughout the next couple months, that will focus on safe driving using a hero-themed slogan.

“We’ve titled it ‘Be a Hero.’ Being a hero is telling your friend to buckle up or ‘hey, you shouldn’t text and drive,’” he said.

A safety poster contest among the Princeton High School students will be taking place. The winning posters will be promoted throughout the community on billboards and brochures with the help of Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA).

The Princeton High School safety ambassadors will also be traveling to Logan Junior High School and other area schools to perform a skit that provides a message on safe driving.

The campaign will be promoted at the upcoming WZOE Ag Expo at the Bureau County Fairgrounds on Dec. 21.

Arauza is also organizing a new health and safety fair, which will be held Feb. 22 at Logan Junior High School. The fair will host several county businesses and organizations that promote safety, whether it be Bureau County Health Department, Perry Memorial Hospital, St. Margaret’s Hospital, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, etc. The Logan Junior High Lifesavers group will also be in attendance and will promote good decision making through a short program.

The health and safety fair will also have police officers on site who will be offering a safe car seat check for any willing citizen.

“If people don’t have car seats, or if they have old ones, because they should be replaced every six years, we’ll show you how to install it and give out car seats to those who don’t have them,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun fair. It’s going to have amusement, prize giveaways, raffles and more.”

Arauza explained the opportunities this grant will allow are important, because everyone has the potential to encourage other people to be safe, and this campaign is just another chance for citizens to be reminded of safe decisions.

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