Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The Red Bank Police Department, State Farm and Bi-Lo are holding the first-ever Red Bank Community Safety Expo in the parking lot of the Red Bank Bi-Lo Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It gives everyone a chance to come out and visit and get some good information,” said RBPD Chief Tim Christol. “It’s a good opportunity for the community to see how we can lessen the number and the severity of crashes and reduce the impact of crime on us every day.”
Officers will speak about driver safety and awareness, focusing on issues involving teen and senior drivers, such as texting and driving or sitting too close to the wheel.
“They can receive serious injury if they sit too close to the airbag,” Christol said, adding that officers will be on hand to inspect vehicles for safety.
Officers will also be performing child-seat inspections to make sure they are installed properly.
“If they’re installed incorrectly, it can exacerbate the injury,” Christol said.
ADT will be at the event to share information about the services the business provides.
“There will be a lot of focus on residential safety,” Christol said in regards to the overall event.
The expo is also serving as a kickoff event for a partnership between RBPD and the Hamilton County Coalition, which is designating the RBPD as a drop-off point for prescription drugs. RBPD will continue to serve as a drop-off point on an ongoing basis, said Christol.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is bringing several wrecked cars to the event, and the Highway Patrol is bringing its rollover vehicle to show people what can happen during a crash.
Crash test dummies Vince and Larry will speak about the importance of airbags and wearing one’s seat belt.
“I think it’s going to cover a wide spectrum of focus for the community,” Christol said of the event. “We really want to see a lot of people get out and get involved with some of the things we’re doing in the community.”