Silverthorne to kick off summer safely |

Silverthorne to kick off summer safely

SILVERTHORNE ” The Silverthorne Police Department hopes to start the county’s summer off right on Sunday by raising safety awareness at its eighth annual Safe Summer Kick Off.

While free fingerprinting and photo booths offer helpful tools for parents of young children, young families are not the only targeted audience.

A simulated car accident may be a helpful tool for teenage drivers.

“I think the lesson is invaluable,” said David Siderfin of the Silverthorne Police Department.

The accident simulation, which uses seat belts, is based on a car speed of 15 miles per hour.

“We want them to realize, if this is 15 miles per hour, what it would be like at 50,” added Siderfin.

Other safety demonstrations include a simulated fire trailer in which families may practice evacuation. A Flight For Life helicopter will also be on site for curious minds to inspect.

Thanks to donations from local businesses, there will be many giveaways including bicycles, fishing poles and bicycle and skateboard helmets. Car seats will be available in exchange for donations and inspection and installation technicians will be on site.

Music and a free barbecue will be ongoing.

The event, hosted in collaboration with the other emergency service agencies in the county in addition to the Summit School District, will be at the Silverthorne Pavilion Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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