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PARK LAKES BUCKLES UP IN MEMORY OF 2ND GRADER

SCHOOL EMBRACES BSFR SEAT BELT EDUCATION INITIATIVE

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11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, November 22

Park Lakes Elementary School

3925 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes

 

 A Lauderdale Lakes second grade student killed in a recent vehicle crash is being remembered by her schoolmates  through a unique safety campaign.

On October 27, seven-year-old Chloe Paraison was riding in an SUV with her family on U. S. Alt. 27 in Levy County in central Florida when, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, a tire blew out and the vehicle overturned ejecting the driver, Chloe and her sister. FHP reported the three ejected were not wearing seat belts. Chloe died about four hours after the crash and her sister sustained critical injuries.


Upon hearing of the tragic death of Chloe, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue life safety educators (LSEs) assigned to Park Lakes Elementary School developed an initiative to increase seat belt compliance through a unique safety campaign.


The LSEs, in partnership with the school, developed Park Lakes Buckle Up! On November 8, students were introduced to a seat belt safety character created for this campaign, played by LSE LaToya Carbonell. Printed materials were distributed to students along with seat belt education delivered by LSEs and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies. Seat belt compliance observation was conducted at drop-off and dismissal, and warnings were issued for violations that could result in citations for non-compliance after the warning period. Safety-themed contests and incentives for the students have been part of the campaign, including a superhero naming contest, writing prompts, school t-shirt and crazy belt day, static displays and lastly, a huge school-wide safety carnival November 22.


Park Lakes Buckle Up! was timed to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday travel period to echo the Buckle Up America efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in keeping the nation’s roadways safe.


A media report from the fatal crash can be found at:
http://www.ocala.com/article/20131027/ARTICLES/131029701/0/search
 

This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
11/21/13 2130

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