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PTSO plans safety event
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A parent-teacher organization from Dawson County Middle School is planning a free safety-themed event for April 17 that aims to teach children how best to prevent accidents.

Karen Armstrong, the school's PTSO president, said Safety Day is a chance "for kids and parents to see how some accidents can happen and what they can do to avoid them."

Armstrong said demonstrations will include a rollover simulator "that shows people what happens when you wear a seat belt versus when you don't."

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute's Rollover Simulator was designed by the Gober brothers of Dawsonville. According to the institute's Web site, the device "simulates one of the most deadly motor vehicle crashes, a rollover."

Armstrong said local leaders and organizations came together to make Safety Day possible, including Safe Kids, Prevent Child Abuse, Meth Task Force, Dawson County Sheriff's Office and the fire department.

The sheriff's office is bringing a golf cart to the event, which they will let children drive. First, they'll need to strap on "drunk goggles" that demonstrate the effects of alcohol on the brain.

Sgt. Johnny Holtclaw will oversee a bike rodeo at the event as well.

Concessions sold will benefit the school's PTSO. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be for sale.

Safety Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 next to the football field at Dawson County Middle School. Parking is on Hwy. 9 North.

For more information, call (678) 943-0516.