TURLOCK — An insurance company invites the public to a free event next weekend that’s all about staying safe.
The fourth annual Community Safety Saturday will take place May 17 at GDI Insurance Agency on Geer Road. It will feature dozens of exhibits on keeping safe from road accidents, fire, drowning, abduction and other threats.
New this year is a trailer from the Fresno chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving that offers a graphic warning – including the wreckage of a car – for people who might drive under the influence. “The ‘MADD Crash Cars’ are visual educational tools presented with the intention to change behaviors and attitudes concerning the dangers of drinking and driving and riding with an impaired driver,” says a news release about Community Safety Saturday. “The ‘Crash Car’ exhibit also addresses excessive speed and the failure to use seat belts, and explains the roles that each of these factors play in the injury or death of loved ones.”
Mark Klaas, father of kidnap-murder victim Polly Klaas of Petaluma, will return to provide photo IDs and fingerprinting for children.
Attendees can enjoy free games and food. There will be a drawing at the end for prizes that include a Bluetooth headset, an emergency solar flashlight-radio and a roadside safety kit.
GDI is part of Capitol Insurance Group, which has sponsored many such events in California and Nevada.
Other activities include:
• Inspection of child safety seats by the Turlock Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.
• Information on Neighborhood Watch and other crime prevention measures by the city’s Volunteers in Police Service.
• The CHP’s Start Smart Driver Education program for teens and their parents.
• The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team, bomb squad, dive team, search-and-rescue unit, special vehicles and K-9 unit.
• A Turlock Fire Department engine and fire-safety information.
• Emergency preparedness information from the American Red Cross.
• The United Way’s 211 program, which connects people to social services.
• Information on Boy Scout troops in the Greater Yosemite Council.
• A demonstration on assembling a first-aid kit by Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.
• A mobile adoption trailer from Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter, plus pet safety tips.
• Information on foster care, child abuse and neglect from Creative Alternatives Foster Family Agency.
• Information on Jessica’s House at Emanuel Medical Center, which has peer support groups for children and teens who have lost loved ones, and the Monkey Business Support Group at Emanuel Cancer Center.
• Water and electrical safety tips from the Turlock Irrigation District.
• Wildfire prevention tips by the U.S. Forest Service.
• An ambulance from American Medical Response that kids can tour.