11/12/2012

$10,000 federal grant kick starts program for students emphasizing safe driving

A group of area traffic safety officers applied Quick Response codes to their standard crash presentation for middle school students

By Chase Purdy
The Roanoke Times

ROANOKE, Va.— If it could work for a bottle of ketchup, surely it would at the scene of a mock car crash. At least that was the reasoning a group of area traffic safety officers used when they applied a slew of checkered Quick Response codes to their standard crash presentation, given to middle school students each year. Months of brainstorming and a $10,000 federal grant later, traffic officers, including Roanoke County police Sgt. Tim Wyatt, watched Thursday as students at the Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration in Rocky Mount huddled around a mangled car.

The teens milled around the wreck, scanning QR codes with iPads.

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