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Governor Quinn Reminds Families to Stay Safe this Memorial Day
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Join in-Curb Your Car Week May 13-18th, 2013
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IDOT Introduces “Gear Up - Ride Smart” Motorcycle Safety Campaign
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Residents Encouraged To Follow Safe Cooking Practices
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Governor Quinn Launches Sister Rivers/Lakes Website
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today urged families across Illinois to stay safe this weekend as they celebrate and remember our brave servicemembers who gave their lives to protect our freedom. The governor has directed a number of state agencies to take every step necessary to ensure the safety of all Illinois residents.
“Memorial Day is a time for families to come together and honor our servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Governor Quinn said. “But, as we celebrate with barbeques, boating and baseball, everyone must remember to be alert, follow the law and stay safe.”
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council have once again teamed up to encourage people to leave their cars at home during Curb You’re Car Week and bike, walk, run, or take the bus to work. The commute time is a great opportunity to get exercise, save some money, and reduce negative impacts on the environment.
Join Lt. Governor Sheila Simon as she leads the group ride on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. from the Washington Park pavilion, west of the tennis courts, to the downtown area and Café Moxo for the first day of the Springfield Farmer’s Market.
Curb Your Car Challenge Guidelines
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation today kicked off the “Gear Up-Ride Smart” motorcycle safety campaign in partnership with the Illinois State Police, Gold Wing Road Riders Association and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education. The campaign promotes safe motorcycle riding through continued training and use of proper gear and reminds all motorcyclists to get licensed, get proper training, and keep motorcycle equipment well maintained. “Gear Up – Ride Smart” also warns against riding after drinking.
For more information on IDOT’s motorcycle safety program and additional educational materials, or to see a sponsor list for literature distribution locations, visit www.startseeingmotorcycles.org
SPRINGFIELD - The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is taking the lead in educating Illinois residents to practice safe cooking habits to prevent home fire tragedies. Unattended cooking continues to be a top cause of home fires and injuries since 1990. Since 2011, cooking fires have ranked second as the cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
For more information about cooking safety tips please visit www.sfm.illinois.gov or www.nfpa.org.