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posted: 7/16/2012 2:57 PM

Community Safety Expo in McHenry July 21

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Submitted by McHenry County College

The McHenry County College Traffic Safety Program invites the public to participate in a Community Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The event will be held, rain or shine, at the college's Shah Center facility at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry. Child safety seat inspections will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Among the many activities, attendees will learn about youth and adult bicycle safety, experience firsthand the consequences of distracted and impaired driving, see a fire truck and meet police and fire personnel. To safeguard youngsters, child safety seat checks and child identification will be offered. Through simulation, adults and teens can see how cellphone use impacts driving safety. Demonstrations, hands-on activities and giveaways also are featured for every age group.

"We are pleased to host this safety-themed designed to connect our community with local resources," said Shah Center Executive Director Catherine Jones. "Through education and awareness, we hope to build a stronger, safer community."

The Community Safety Expo is presented with support and assistance from the McHenry County sheriff's office, the McHenry Police Department, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District, the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, Cycle Savvy, the MCC Campus Public Safety Department, and trainers and staff of the MCC Traffic Safety Program.

The Safety Expo is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Shah Center at (815) 455-8593 or