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September 25, 2009

Contact: Dana Woodson - 757.393.8641



Portsmouth, VA -- The Portsmouth Safety Town Committee announces that October 12th through October 16th is “Safety in the Streets Week”. In celebration of the week, on October 14th at 10 a.m., the committee will host a “Safety in the Streets Day” event at Safety Town, located at 4404 Deep Creek Boulevard.

During the “Safety in the Streets Day” event, Safety Town volunteers will be recognized for their service and efforts in bringing traffic safety messages to school-aged children. Portsmouth City Councilman Douglas L. Smith will be the guest speaker.

School groups of children from kindergarten and first and third grades visit Safety Town where they learn bus safety, “stranger danger” safety, pedestrian safety, train safety, and bicycle safety. Safety Town staff and volunteers provide classroom instruction and then take the children to the streets of Safety Town to practice what they have learned.

During the time of the “Safety in the Streets Day” program on October 14th, Safety Town will host 55 students from Portsmouth Christian Schools who will be instructed in the classroom on bicycle safety and will practice these measures out on the streets of Safety Town.

Safety Town, which is operated by the Portsmouth Police Department, is a miniature city in which realistic pedestrian traffic conditions are explained in the classroom and practiced on the streets. The main objective of Safety Town is to develop pupil awareness of safety practices in order to help reduce pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

For more information, contact Police Officer Jim Martin at (757) 235-5670.

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