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B&G Club members learn vehicle safety
by Steve Beavers
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Tameron Patterson takes part in the "Rock the Belt" activity.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers Tameron Patterson takes part in the "Rock the Belt" activity.
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Teenagers have a choice and a voice when it comes to their vehicle safety.

DREAM, Inc. provided members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi the tools necessary to stay safe when traveling in a motorized vehicle.

"Motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teens age 16-19," said Youth Programs Director Tawni Basden. "We are trying to reach teenagers during the summer because this is the most dangerous time for them."

Club members got the chance to take part in several activities such as the proper way to buckle their seat beats, a demonstration on the dangers of drinking and driving along with the risks of texting while driving.

"We want to educate you to make good decisions while on the highway," said Basden, who was accompanied in the demonstration by co-workers De'Marco Fomby and Alex Cantrell.

DREAM, Inc. is under the auspices of the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety and had been doing the Youth Highway Safety Program since 2011.

"It's important to buckle up and make sure everyone else in the car is also," said Fomby.

Fomby, Youth Programs Specialist, timed eight members during the "Rock the Belt" activity. The competitive event sees which teens can fasten their seat belts correctly and quickly.

"The activity says I am always going to represent my safety by wearing my seat belt," added Basden.

The DREAM trio also used drunk goggles to show how drinking impairs driving.

"Don't ever get into a car with someone who has been drinking," said the youth programs director. "Think before you drink."

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