The Woodlands Township’s Neighborhood Watch program is holding its annual National Night Out Community Safety Expo on Oct. 5.
Susan Martin, program coordinator, said this year there will be a feature that centers on what’s called the “365 focus,” which has to do with distracted driving. The expo has teamed up with Safe 2 Save.
Safe 2 Save was started in 2016 after a student who was jogging on the Texas A&M campus was killed by a driver who was texting.
Marci Corry heard about the tragedy and decided to make an impact on safe driving in communities throughout Texas. Corry came up with the idea for an app that could track the time a user drives without using their phone.
Susan Martin said through partnering with Safe 2 Save at the expo this year, they are encouraging residents to make their car a Tech Free Zone, and download the Safe 2 Save app to accumulate points for every minute of undistracted driving.
“Phones have become so much a part of our lives that we cannot seem to put them down while driving,” said Martin. “Unfortunately, distracted driving crashes are at epidemic levels, but are 100 percent preventable.”
Martin said some of the organizations/agencies at the Expo that will have hands-on activities for driving include:
- Texas Agrilife-Watch ur Back and Passenger Safety Program with the distracted driving simulator and marijuana goggles.
- Memorial Hermann and Safe 2 Save
- Montgomery County Crime Stoppers – DUI Driving Simulator
- Montgomery County 9-1-1 DUI Pedal Carts
- MADD-Mothers against drunk driving
- Kailee Mills Buckle Up Foundation
Martin said other participants at this year’s Expo are Law Enforcement K-9’S demonstrating their skills in detection and criminal apprehension, firefighters demonstrating their equipment and offering fire safety tips, representatives from Entergy showcasing the dangers of contact with power lines and the Montgomery County Hospital District presenting a how-to demonstration of hands-only CPR.
Martin said it is a free hands-on event fun for all ages, and offers the chance for residents to meet and thank the public safety agencies that keep our community safe.
The National Night Out Community Safety Expo is Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at Northshore Park, located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.