Forge police to hold safety day

Distracted driving, firearms, prescription drugs among issues addressed
Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:16 PM

The Pigeon Forge Police Department will hold its spring Safety Day this Saturday in the parking lot of the Walgreens at the corner of Jake Thomas Boulevard and the Parkway.

This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will focus on teaching kids and adults various safe practices.

"Safety Day consists of everything safety, from car seat safety to senior safety and anything in between," Officer Donnie Mashburn said. "Our goal is to really reach the community and the tourists from all aspects of safety."

Other aspects that will be covered include seatbelt, driving, firearm, bicycle and fire safety. There will be a car seat checkpoint where parents can bring car seats to have them inspected.

"We have a goal to educate parents about car seat safety," Mashburn said. "If parents aren't sure if their car seat is out of date or not installed properly, they can bring it out and we'll take a look. If they need a new one, we can provide that for them."

Since youth is one of the primary targets of the safety event, a driving simulator will be set up to educate young people concerning driving safety.

"We want to educate youth about proper decision-making while driving; we talk about not texting and what alcohol can do to your judgment," Mashburn said. "The driving simulator is a fun thing that teaches the dangers of texting while driving."

Two trailers will be set up, one for the meth house and one for the fire house, sponsored by the Pigeon Forge Fire Department.

"It's an opportunity for kids to go through a fire house and show them safety precautions related to fire," Mashburn said.

The event will feature a prescription drug drop, where people can drop off old, unwanted or expired prescription medications. Mashburn said the drug drop could particularly benefit seniors.

"If we have any seniors who have medication they don't know what to do with, it would be a great opportunity to bring those to us, and we'll dispose of them properly with no cost and no questions asked," he said. "The Sevier County Senior Center will be there to answer any safety questions any seniors have."

Other features of the event include a Medic blood drive and special appearances by Eddie Eagle, Ollie Otter and Sammy Sturgeon.

The first 50 children at the event will be fitted for a free bicycle helmet, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee.

Tennessee State Bank representatives will grill hotdogs.

"We plan on having a good day and teaching about safety," Mashburn said.

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