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Annual Back-to-School Safety Fair is on Aug. 18

RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2007

LEESBURG — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), in cooperation with the Lake County Department of Public Works, local law enforcement agencies and Lake Square Mall, will host the 2007 Back-to-School Safety Fair on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the mall, located at 10401 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg.

An annual event, the fair provides families an opportunity to prepare for the school year by offering several important safety programs including bicycle and helmet safety, a child-seat checkpoint, school immunizations and child identification. The fair will feature other services and demonstrations, such as the Central Florida Blood Center's Bloodmobile, the Florida Department of Transportation's No Zone Trailer and the Air Care Team from Orlando Regional Medical Center.

“We encourage Lake County families to attend this event to safely prepare for the start of the school year,” said Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the CTST.

At the Back-to-School Safety Fair, children can also enjoy several fun activities, including meeting Sir Gus Jr., the kissing camel. Publix, Coca-Cola, AAA Auto Club South and the 18th Masonic District are sponsors of the 2007 Back-to-School Safety Fair. More than 2,000 residents are expected to attend this year's fair.

The Lake County CTST is a multi-jurisdictional agency with cooperation between Lake County, its municipalities, other organizations and concerned citizens. The CTST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve roadway safety problems in Lake County. The team is comprised of individuals representing engineering, law enforcement, emergency services, traffic-safety education and the public.

For more information about the 2007 Back-to-School Safety Fair, call Noble Olasimbo or Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 483-9048.

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