More than 800 teens took the pledge “I will not drink and drive. I will be a wiser driver” last Saturday.
For the third year in a row, the Fuquay-Varina Police hosted Teen Day Fuquay, an alcohol and distracted driving awareness program made possible through a generous Wake County Alcoholic Control Board grant.
Teens were encouraged to take the Drive Wise Course Challenge, which included 10 activities to get the message across that drinking and texting do not mix with driving. The first 300 teens to complete the course were given a Teen Day t-shirt. The course included the BATmobile, a DWI simulator, a seat belt demonstration, a pledge banner, the Teen Day quiz, a seat belt convincer, pedal karts, an iron man obstacle fact course, an actual take-away pledge, a MADD presentation and a riveting rescue simulation presented by the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department.
“I know it’s helping teens in Fuquay-Varina,” mayor John Byrne said to the town board at the May 6 meeting.
Commissioner Cindy Sheldon said the simulation was more compelling this year than in the past because of the live rescue.
“What I saw was the partnership that takes place in Fuquay-Varina every day when there’s an accident,” Byrne said of the EMS, police and firefighters that worked together to help demonstrate the rescue.
“I thought it was phenomenal,” Sheldon said.