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Community Safety Awareness Day educates community in Quincy

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

For parents, keeping your children safe is a top priority.

From distracted and impaired driving to child abduction, there are many potential dangers they can encounter each day. 

That's why Restorations By Wentura Kuhly's Imports hosted a Community Safety Awareness Day in Quincy Saturday to teach families life-saving lessons. 

Families tried their hands at computerized distracted driving simulators and watched a demonstration of what can happen if you don't wear seat belts.

 Cindy Trower said the number one reason she came to the event was to get her niece a child identification kit to be able to give police the information they need in case the worse were to happen. 

"When you see what is happening on the news, so many children being abducted," said Trower.   

"This helps the police locate the child faster. It is just invaluable," said Trower. 

Trower said tragedies like the abduction and possible murder of 10 year old Jess ice Ridgeway from Colorado this month gives her even more of a reason to make sure her niece has a kit in case the worst were to happen.

Illinois State Trooper Mike Kindhardt says these kits are critical when a parent is faced with the nightmare of their child. being abducted.

"Anytime that we have an opportunity that a parent can hand us a packet, knowing the DNA, knowing the fingerprint, knowing a picture," said Kindhardt. 

Kindhardt said now when parents register their kids for the kits, a video is taken of the child, which he says can be even more useful in tracking children down.

"Now being able to watch a video to how that child interacts with people to hear the voice and know those things. Any of those things can always be a plus to locate a child," said Kindhardt.   

 

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