Police join community partners and students at Road Safety Event in Surprise
Surprise, AZ (October 27, 2016) On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 as a part of Road Safety Week, the Surprise Police joined with other community partners; including students from the Shadow Ridge High School’s SRO Challenge Coin Program as they participated in a distracted driving event.
The participants, primarily students enrolled in the School Resource Officer Challenge Coin Program, were required to wear impairment googles while they participated in several different events like basketball toss, ball catch, block challenge and a cone obstacle course. By wearing the googles, students received a greater understanding of the effects impairment.
This event was organized by Andrew Cultum, a junior at SRHS and a member of the SRO Challenge Coin Program. Andrew is the Co-Chairman of Distracted Driving on the Governor’s Youth Commission, as well as one of ten Road Safety Ambassadors in the Nation. Andrew’s motivation for planning this event was to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and potentially save the lives of teens across Arizona and the United States.
Andrew received a $500 grant from State Farm, a community partner to help fund the event. Participants in the event also received numerous free items; like backpacks, key rings, footballs and seat cushions, and tee-shirts. Another road safety event is planned for today, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The second day events will include similar activities; along with students signing a (8’ X 3’) banner, pledging to not drive distracted.
The men and women of the Surprise Police Department are proud of Mr. Cultum and all our other community partners; State Farm, the Governor’s Youth Commission, the Dysart Unified School District, and the students and faculty at the Shadow Ridge High School. Without their assistance this program would not have been a success.