Teen driver safety program and bicycle rodeo in Holtsville

Safety Town in Holtsville / File Photo

HOLTSVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Town of Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro announced several free safety programs being offered to town residents this month.

All events are by appointment only; no walk-ins will be permitted. Call 631-363-3770 to reserve your spot. All programs are funded in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee.

Teen Driver Safety Program, June 15, Holtsville

As we are in the middle of the stretch of “100 deadliest days” of the summer driving season when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent, the Brookhaven Highway Department will offer a Teen Driver Safety Program. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Safety Town, which is part of the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve complex at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville. Teenagers 15 and older and their parents are invited to participate in an interactive experience exhibiting the dangers of texting or drinking and driving. During this intense, real-life program, certified instructors with many years of defensive driving and accident investigation experience will talk with participants about the importance of developing safe habits when traveling the roadways. Teens will then use electric cars to complete obstacle courses designed to simulate driving while texting and impaired.

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Bicycle Rodeo, June 19, Holtsville

On Saturday, June 19, the Brookhaven Highway Department will host a Bicycle Rodeo at Safety Town, which is part of the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve complex at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville. The event encourages children to learn how to safely ride their bikes in a mock-roadway, kid-sized setting. Participants of all ages will be evaluated and given feedback on their own bicycle-handling abilities, after proper bicycle safety skills are demonstrated. Participants are required to bring their own helmets and bicycles; both will be inspected for safety.

Child Safety Seat Check, June 24, Mastic Beach

The Traffic Safety Department is hosting a Child Safety Seat Check on Thursday, June 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mastic Beach Fire Department, 265 Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, along with certified technicians from the Brookhaven Highway Department, will be on hand to inspect car seats and make sure children are riding in the right car seats for their age and size as they grow.


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