Sher­iff, su­per­in­ten­dent re­mind stu­dents to drive cars safely

Maryland Independent - - Community -

Park your phone. Buckle up. Slow down. Be safe.

Those were the mes­sages Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill, Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) and mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice shared with Mau­rice J. McDonough High School stu­dent drivers Sept. 25 dur­ing the kick­off of the 11th an­nual We Care cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

McDonough stu­dent drivers were greeted as they ar­rived at school by Berry, Hill, McDonough Prin­ci­pal Steven Roberts and of­fi­cers who passed out fliers re­mind­ing the teens of driv­ing rules and driv­ing safety. It was a safety mes­sage re­peated at all county high schools where school re­source of­fi­cers, prin­ci­pals and staff mem­bers also stopped and passed out fly­ers to stu­dent drivers.

“We care about you and we want you to be safe,” Hill told stu­dents as they drove into the park­ing lot. The su­per­in­ten­dent re­minded stu­dents of the dan­gers of tex­ting and driv­ing as she handed each a flyer with the rules of the road.

The We Care cam­paign was es­tab­lished 11 years ago to get stu­dents in­volved in a con­ver­sa­tion about safe driv­ing. While it starts with the morn­ing re­minder the first month of school, the We Care pro­gram con­tin­ues through­out the year with as­sem­blies, guest speak­ers and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Since the We Care pro­gram started, crashes in­volv­ing teen drivers have dras­ti­cally re­duced in Charles County. We con­tinue to pro­mote safe driv­ing be­cause we care about our young drivers,” Berry said in the re­lease.

School re­source of­fi­cers of­ten con­duct spot checks in school park­ing lots through­out the school year to en­sure stu­dents are buck­ling up, lim­it­ing their pas­sen­gers to those al­lowed by law and not tex­ting or talk­ing on cell phones while driv­ing.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCPS

Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill speaks with a stu­dent driver at Mau­rice J. McDonough High School for the We Care cam­paign. Hill, along with Charles County Sher­iff Troy Berry, McDonough Prin­ci­pal Steven Roberts and sher­iff’s of­fi­cers, greeted stu­dent drivers on the morn­ing of Sept. 25 to urge them to drive safely.

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