Rim Communities for Youth Sponsoring Important Informational Meetings: If You’re a Parent, You Need to Come!

CommunityNightsFlier #5Remember the “good old days” before we all knew the term “sexting” or how about simply “the Internet?” How about the issues of “texting?” Well, they’re here to stay, and parents and families need to know a lot more about these words as well as the influences on our young men and women through drinking and driving and using drugs.

The world has changed and parents need to keep abreast of the latest information to protect their children and their family unit from the pitfalls of behaviors  that often have terrible consequences. Parents  need to wake up to the fact that all the above situations occur in the mountain communities every day and our children are at risk. Many children are already involved with many of the above-mentioned problems and your child could be one of them and you wouldn’t even know. Come to the coalition meetings to educate yourself and be better prepared to act if you suspect your child is in danger of any of these issues.

To help educate parents four “COMMUNITY NIGHTS” are being held in Lake Arrowhead and all local parents are urged to attend to find out a lot more than they probably want to hear, but need to hear, about current youth drug trends, Internet texting and sexting, drunk driving issues and safeguarding kids. Experts and panelists who are knowledgeable about these issues will be present and part of the panel for each of these events that are sponsored by Rim Family Services, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Twin Peaks Station, Mountains Community Hospital, Lake Arrowhead Elementary School and the Rim Communities for Youth Coalition.

The “Community Nights” schedule will include: Feb. 11-Internet Texting and Sexting; March 18-Drunk Driving; May 6-Current Youth Drug Trends; and June 3–Safeguarding Kids for Summer.

All of the events will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School at 730 Rhine Road in Lake Arrowhead. Each program should last about one and one-half hours which will give the experts the time they need to educate the audience and allow for questions.

For further information call Rim Family Services at (909) 336-1800.

What parents can learn at these events is how to be more intelligent about the above-stated issues and how to help their teens if they’re in trouble. Today’s issues affect the entire family, and it’s important that parents educate themselves because if parents don’t know, or suspect, what their children are doing they cannot help.

All these events are free.

Driving and Texting or Talking on Your Cell? Not at Good Idea!

California_Highway_Patrol_patchIf you’re thinking of picking up your cell phone and answering (or making a call) while you’re driving you might want to reconsider that decision. How about texting…..nah, don’t do it!

In an effort to improve highway safety (and who sees more horrible auto accidents than the CHP?) the California Highway Patrol will conduct a “zero tolerance enforcement” effort during April. The focus of this enforcement effort will be distracted driving including holding hand-held cell phones, texting and other distractions.

Distracted drivers are responsible for many deaths and hundreds of injuries every year. “Every single time a driver diverts attention from the road, even for one or two seconds, they put their lives, and the lives of others around them, at risk,” said Inland Division Chief Michael Champion. “If you are using a cell phone without a hands-free device, texting or being distracted in some other way, our officers are going to take the appropriate enforcement action,” Champion added.

While the primary focus will be distracted drivers, officers will also take enforcement action on any other observed violations such as DUI, speeding and seatbelt violations.

It is the mission of the California Highway Patrol to provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California, said Arrowhead Area Sergeant Levi Miller of the Arrowhead Area CHP station.