Event’s activities designed to make point about safety
Stars and Stripes June 18, 2007
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Camp Humphreys officials this Friday are expected to have everything from children’s games to a barbecue lunch to booze goggles during the Family and Motor Vehicle Safety Day.
The event is set to run from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. at the post’s Community Activity Center and is intended to "re-emphasize safety in what we do in our work here and in our lives," said Bob McElroy, spokesman for the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.
"As Humphreys is changing and growing, we have more families and more kids," he said.
The day’s program is to begin with a 2.5-kilometer run for all ages, starting at the CAC.
That’ll be followed by a variety of events to include a bicycle "rodeo" for children — an obstacle course that teachers youngsters how to ride safely — said Randy Turnage, safety manager with the garrison’s safety office.
"We take all children, even older children up to 15 or so, just as a refresher," he said.
Officials also will be on hand to register bicycles.
Military police officers will be there to fingerprint youngsters for a national database that authorities can turn to if a child is lost or missing, Turnage said.
In addition, the post’s fire department will have a mobile, "talking" fire hydrant dispensing recorded fire safety tips.
One major highlight will be the "Driving While Intoxicated Simulator," a pair of goggles that uses optical illusion to simulate the effects of being drunk.
"Once you put them on, they’re distorted to the point where you actually feel that you are intoxicated, or had a little too much to drink," Turnage said.
A raffle is scheduled with donated prizes that include adult and children’s bicycles, and toys, he said.
The barbecue lunch is set to start at 11:30 a.m. and last until 1 p.m., he said.
For more information call the garrison’s safety office at DSN: 754-6000.