Oklahoma news briefs for May 17

Oklahoma news briefs for May 17, 2014
Oklahoman Modified: May 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm •  Published: May 17, 2014
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In brief

Statewide

Seat belt drive is back

Law enforcement agencies across the state will take part in the annual “Click It or Ticket” mobilization Monday through June 1, focusing on drivers and passengers who are not buckled up according to state law. According to the National Highway Transportation Administration, seat belts save about 13,000 lives a year. Oklahoma law requires drivers and front seat passengers 13 and older to have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is being operated. Children 12 and younger are required to be properly restrained in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt, according to the child’s age and weight. In 2012, 708 people died on Oklahoma roadways. Of the 477 deaths where the status of restraint use was known, 58 percent were not restrained.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Oklahoma City

Agency plans Kidathlon

The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the summer season with the Kidathlon and Summer Kick-Off Family Festival on May 24 at Will Rogers Park, 3201 N Grand Blvd. Children ages 5 to 13 can test their mettle during the Kidathlon swim, bike and run at 7 a.m. at the Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center. Participants must bring their own swimwear, bicycle and helmet and running gear. The Kidathlon costs $30 and registration is required at www.okc.gov/parks, or by calling 297-2211. Games, a photo booth, face painting, zumba, basketball contests and performing arts will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival is free and no registration is required.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Group brings storm help

Team Rubicon, a not-for-profit disaster response organization composed mostly of military veterans and first responders, will come Saturday to complete a tornado recovery service project at Orr Family Farm. After the May 20 tornado, Team Rubicon volunteers were on the scene within a day. Over the next five weeks, more than 400 volunteers from across the country helped more than 450 families with demolition, debris removal and home repair. Team Rubicon was founded in 2010 after the Haitian earthquake and has grown to include nearly 16,000 volunteers in 11 countries.

FROM STAFF REPORTS