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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • MRPC offering community outreach

  • The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently created a new subcommittee called the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety which plans to address a number of goals related to reducing fatal accidents on area roads.


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  • The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently created a new subcommittee called the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety which plans to address a number of goals related to reducing fatal accidents on area roads.
    In order to accomplish the goal of raising awareness and preventing fatalities in accidents, the coalition will be offering some programs to area schools.
    The coalition plans to use a free presentation entitled Buckle Buddy for students in Kindergarten through second grade. This program will feature Buddy the dragon who encourages youngsters to use their booster seats and buckle their seat belts. Schools interested in utilizing this program are encouraged to contact MRPC Communications/Marketing Coordinator Kathleen Nahm at knahm@meramecregion.org.
    The coalition also wants to promote driver safety for older students and plans to accept applications for grants that sponsor programs like Project Graduation and Project Prom. The applications for these grants must be turned in by March 2 and are available on MRPC's website at www.meramecregion.org.
    Pulaski County Emergency Management Director Lawson “Smitty” Smith said the coalition is actively looking for ways to help reduce injuries and fatalities in the area.
    “We have some funding to make this happen in the schools,” Smith said.
    Smith discussed the programs that are being offered and said that scripts were even available for students to put on skits and plays to teach one another.
    Smith said the is students would learn and retain more of the message if they were hearing it from one another.
    The coalition would also like to invite the public, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical service personnel, schools and other interested individuals or organizations to participate in the coalition.
    Contact Nahm at 573-265-2993.
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