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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Municipal Court to teach traffic safety at Children’s Discovery Museum

A gaming setup featuring a chair, a steering wheel, brake/gas pedals and a TV screen.

PHOTO #1: A DWI simulator managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is set up at the Children’s Discovery Museum on July 6. Visitors to the museum will be able to use the simulator during an educational event hosted by the City of Victoria Municipal Court on July 17.

A bean bag toss game. The board is labeled "DWI Toss Test."PHOTO #2: Visitors to the Children’s Discovery Museum will be able to play a bean bag toss game while wearing impairment goggles during an educational event hosted by the City of Victoria Municipal Court on July 17.

Children will get to learn about traffic safety through hands-on activities and discussion with City of Victoria Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold when the court hosts an educational event July 17 at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

The come-and-go event, part of the museum’s Scientific Saturday series, will be 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 17 at the museum, 1205 Sam Houston Drive. The event will include activities for children aged 3-16.

“It’s important to educate children about traffic safety before they start driving,” said Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold.

The court is partnering with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watch UR BAC (blood alcohol content) Program, a campaign funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, to host an impaired driving simulator at the museum. The video-game-style simulator mimics the effects of driving while intoxicated, allowing attendees to learn about the dangers of impaired driving.

Meanwhile, younger children will get to enjoy age-appropriate lessons about how to be safe on and near roadways. Kids will learn about unsafe behaviors and then practice identifying them by pointing them out on an illustrated map.

Other resources will include impairment goggles, coloring books and activity sheets as well as pamphlets and resource books for parents.

Residents who are interested in partnering with the court to host a traffic safety event should contact the court at 361-485-3050 or courtclerk@victoriatx.gov, or fill out the form at www.victoriatx.gov/courtoutreach.

Residents can obtain no-cost coloring books and educational materials in English and Spanish at the Municipal Court building, 107 W. Juan Linn St.

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