From transportation planning to child passenger, teen driver safety

A couple transportation planning workshops are planned today (JULY 18) and Monday to talk about how to spend limited funding dollars on federally-mandated long range transportation projects in the Monterey Bay. The Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are teaming up to host the workshops. The first is today in the Watsonville Community Room, 275 Main St., Watsonville. The second is Monday, July 22 in the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center St., Santa Cruz. Both workshops last from 6-7:30 p.m. During the workshop, five land use and transportation scenarios for the tri-county region will be revealed. The workshops also will serve as scoping meeting for a draft environmental impact document for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. For information, contact AMBAG at 883-3750 or visit the Moving Forward Monterey Bay website at http://www.movingforwardmb.org/. Heat Stroke Prevention Day July 31 is National Heat Stroke Prevention Day and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and SafeKids are planning a day-long social media conversation. The campaign aims to highlight Kaitlyn’s Law, enacted in 2001 to make it illegal to leave children unattended in a motor vehicle. On a hot day, your family vehicle is a deadly oven. Even on a relatively cool day, the car's interior can rise above 100 degrees within minutes, leading to heat stroke and possibly even death for children left unattended in vehicles on a warm day. Expect to see a day of Tweets and Facebook posts from state and local safety partners every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. Eastern Time. @NHTSA.gov will be using the hash tag #heatstroke on all its social media posts and contributors to do the same. Learn more about heat stroke prevention at www.safercar.gov/heatstroke. Start Smart rides again The CHP's monthly Start Smart presentation is planned for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, at 155 Center St., Santa Cruz. Geared toward teens and their families, the course teaches future and newly licensed teenage drivers about the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed driver in the Golden State. The course discusses California law, the distractions and peer pressure teens face, DUI, defensive driving, crash statistics and the dynamics of traffic collisions. There also will be video testimonials from families and friends of young people who have died in traffic collisions, which are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. For information and to RSVP, call the Santa Cruz area CHP Office at 662-0511.  
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