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EHS Hosts Annual Drive Safely Event with Edina Police Department

Cecilia Orth, page editor

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On May 22, Edina High School held its annual Safe Driving Rodeo outside the cafeteria by the bus drop-off. Every year, the Edina Police Department partners with Minnesotans for Safe Driving (MSD), American Automobile Association (AAA), and Moms Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate students about the importance of safe driving.

Each organization set up a table to promote their information about safe driving. “We’re trying to educate people to drive safely and responsibly and not do anything in the car besides driving,” MSD Director and Victim Advocate Sharon Gehrman-Driscoll said. Each groups’ unique perspective helps portray the importance of safe driving.

The EPD provides the opportunity for students to wear drunk goggles while attempting to pass a sobriety test. Junior Nia Diaby attempted to pass the test using the night version of drunk goggles. Due to her lack of success, “Don’t drink and drive, don’t drink. And everyone should try [the goggles],” she said. Additionally, the rodeo included tours of the equipment in a SWAT vehicle, ambulance, and fire truck.

The goal of the rodeo is to educate students about responsible driving while making the experience fun with free giveaways and popsicles. “It’s good to have a positive interaction [with the police] because it’s not always positive. But at the same time learn about safe driving since a lot of these kids at this age are learning to drive or have their permits so we’re trying to educate them,” Edina Police Officer David Boosalis said.

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