Safe driving campaign beginning Thursday, April 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2018

 

Safe driving campaign beginning Thursday, April 19

 

WETUMPKA, Ala. – Beginning Thursday, April 19, a safe driving campaign will begin along U.S. Highway 231 beginning at Redland Road to Alabama Highway 14 and on Alabama Highway 14 in front of Wetumpka High School.

 

The family of Austin Augustine, with the support of the Wetumpka High School Theatre Guild and the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department, are pleased to present this safe driving campaign to coincide with the Wetumpka High School Theatre Guild’s spring production of “Footloose”.

 

“The family of Austin Augustine want all to know that we care about your safety. Although we do know speed and lack of seatbelt use were factors, only those involved really know the exact details of the horrific November 23, 2014, Fire Tower Road accident where so many lives were changed forever. Unfortunately, three 16-year-old Wetumpka High School Juniors, including Austin Augustine, and an Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputy died as a result of the wreck. The only survivor of the wreck was wearing a seat belt. Our goal is to turn our hurt into education for others as we encourage drivers to be safe and observe the rules of the road,” said Beverly Eddy, the aunt of Austin Augustine.

 

In “Footloose”, there is a tragic vehicle crash that takes the lives of four people. The campaign is designed to promote safe driving and the production, as well as, teach students and the community the importance of playing their part, not just onstage, but in the world.  The “Footloose” show opens Thursday, April 19 at Wetumpka High School.

 

“Austin was a beloved member of the Wetumpka High Theatre Guild. This tragedy struck just before he was to have his first role onstage with us. What is more enduring than the tragedy of Austin’s death is the brilliance of his life. To be able to bring him with us onstage means so much to me, and to be able to bring a message to help prevent others from enduring a similar tragedy makes this even more important. As the actual father of two teens and a surrogate to dozens more, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t fear something like this happening again,” said Jeff Glass, Wetumpka High School Theatre Director and Fine Arts Department Chair, Alabama Educational Theatre Association, Secretary.

 

Distracted driving is the leading cause of crashes, a driver that is texting is 23% more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.  Other distractions include, but are not limited to, eating or drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, and adjusting the radio.

 

Debra Augustine, the mother of Austin Augustine, said, “We are doing this campaign to remind everyone, and especially our young drivers, the importance of safe driving. It is important to our family on a very personal level. We lost our 16 year old son, two of his friends and a deputy sheriff in a horrific accident in November 2014. The only survivor of the wreck was wearing a seat belt. We want to remind everyone that speed kills and seat belts save lives as well as the importance of the graduated driver’s license law. If we had been made more aware of this law we may have had a different outcome that night.”

 

The state of Alabama has a graduated driver’s license that has been in effect since July 2010 according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  According to the Alabama Graduated Driver License law, 16-year-olds, as well as 17-year-olds that are licensed for less than six months may not:

  • Have more than one non-family passenger,
  • Operate a vehicle between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (with some exceptions), or
  • Drive while operating a non-essential handheld communication device.

 

Violations of the graduated law will result in an extension of the graduated license period and possible suspension of the license.

 

As part of the campaign crashed vehicles along with a safe driving message will be placed at five different locations in the community.

 

With safety in mind, motorists are advised not to stop and investigate or take photos.

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brantley Kirk

Alabama Department of Transportation

Southeast Region

334-353-6862 Office

kirkb@dot.state.al.us

 

Beverly Eddy

The Family of Austin Augustine

334-309-6858

beddy@raycommedia.com

 

Elmore County Preparedness Fair postponed to 4-28-2018….

Due to the increasing severe weather threat for Elmore County on Saturday and uncertainty in the forecast with regards to timing of that threat, we are postponing the Elmore County Preparedness Fair to Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We hope that you all can make this adjustment on your calendar. We do not want to take a chance at holding the event when it can be so easily be moved to another day. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this causes for anyone or any organization. Hopefully this decision being made now will prevent your organization from too much of a burden. We feel this is in this best interest of the overall safety of those attending the event and will allow time for the organizations that need to focus on being prepared for the severe weather threat in order for them to be ready to respond to any needs that may arise. Thanks for your participation and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you all on the 28th!

 

See something, Say something!

From the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

It Takes a Community to Protect a Community

“If You See Something, Say Something™” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to strengthening hometown security by creating partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments and the private sector, as well as the communities they serve. These partners help us reach the public across the nation by displaying the campaign’s messages and distributing outreach materials, including Public Service Announcements (PSAs).

We can all help keep our communities safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

Safer Places in Elmore County open today, March 19, 2018…..

SAFER PLACES OPEN TODAY:

As of 11:15 A.M.  March 19, 2018

The following locations in Elmore County are open as Safer Places due to the threat of severe weather.  For additional information on our Safer Places Program and to view the map of Safer Place locations, you may visit our Safer Places page here on our website at  http://elmorecoema.com/disclaimer/.

Coosada:

Coosada Town Hall — 5800 Coosada Road, Coosada, AL  36020  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

 

Deatsville:

Shoal Creek Baptist Church — 13214 Holtville Road, Deatsville, AL  36022   OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

Deatsville Fire Department — 6930 HWY 143, Deatsville, AL  36022  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

 

Eclectic:

Town of Eclectic Courtroom — 148 Main Street, Eclectic, AL  36024  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

 

Elmore:

Town of Elmore — 1245 AL HWY 143, Elmore, AL  36025  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

Town of Elmore Fire Station 2 –393 Baltzer Road, Elmore, AL  36025  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

Town of Elmore –  Penny Parkway — 212 Penny Parkway, Elmore, AL  36025  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

 

Millbrook:

Millbrook Baptist Church — 3431 Browns Road, Millbrook, AL  36054  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

 

Tallassee:

City of Tallassee – Storm Shelter — 3 Freeman Hall, Tallassee, AL  36078  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

 

Wetumpka:

Elmore County Courthouse — 100 E. Commerce Street, Wetumpka, AL  36092  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

First Presbyterian Church — 100 W Bridge Street, Wetumpka, AL  36092  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

Redland Baptist Church — 1266 Dozier Road, Wetumpka, AL  36093  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

St. James Family Worship — 1005 Nobles Road, Wetumpka, AL  36092  OPEN:  Noon to Midnight

See Something, Say Something!

From the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

It Takes a Community to Protect a Community

“If You See Something, Say Something™” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to strengthening hometown security by creating partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments and the private sector, as well as the communities they serve. These partners help us reach the public across the nation by displaying the campaign’s messages and distributing outreach materials, including Public Service Announcements (PSAs).

We can all help keep our communities safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement.