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Eastchester Kids, Police Get Together for Safety

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Children of Eastchester and Eastchester police officers gathered Saturday afternoon for some outdoor fun and education on the Town Hall grounds.

The 10th annual Eastchester Traffic Expo provided a chance to mingle and some serious advice – and examples – about how to keep children safe. Parents could get their children's car seats checked for safety. Free bike helmets were distributed after a fitting. Children were photographed and fingerprinted. At the Fire Department smoke house, kids learned how to escape a fire.

"It's an excellent way to get the police and the community together for educational purposes," said Eastchester police Lt. Jeffrey Hunter, who stopped by with his family between Little League and soccer games. "The kids appreciate it."

Hunter called attention to an exhibit that was for older children, as well as adults. "They can try out the DWI (driving while intoxicated) simulator," he said. "It definitely sends a message."

To encourage the kids to check out all the safety exhibits in addition to the many vendors and the entertainment, each received a wrist band with a ticket, which was punched at each safety stop. Those who completed their tickets were entered in a raffle.

A disc jockey provided a musical backdrop for the event, and the Studio B Dancers were scheduled to perform.

The event was sponsored by the Eastchester Civic Association and the Community Fund.

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