Briefs: Teens car crashes examined |

Briefs: Teens car crashes examined

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EAGLE COUNTY The high rate of car crashes among drivers between the ages 16 and 25, and the resulting rate of death and injury, has prompted one local group to take action. Eagle Countys EMS Prevention Council which includes representatives of the Vail Valley Medical Center, local police agencies, fire departments, ambulance services and emergency dispatchers, the Colorado State Patrol and nonprofit groups has formed subcommittee focused on teen driving. The problems facing todays youth drivers are many and complex, says Apollo Garcia, executive director of Partnership for Responsible Driving. We thought we could do better justice to those drivers by creating this group of people specifically dedicated to helping ensure their safety, driving education and awareness.The subcommittees programs include, Remember: You Hold the Keys, Think First and Stay Safe, which is presented at local middle school and high schools. The subcommittee also supports enacting a law in Eagle County that would allow police to pull people over for not wearing seat belts. The subcommittee meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m., alternating between Edwards and Eagle. For more information, call Sally Ann Bluhm at 476-2451 or Apollo Garcia at 376-2767.

VAIL T.R. Reid, the Washington Posts Rocky Mountain Bureau chief, will discuss his prediction for the next world superpower during a talk at 7 p.m., Monday at Donovan Pavilion. Though many expect China to become a world power, Reid says the European Union is more likely to emerge as a superpower. The 25-member union has a higher gross domestic product than the United states and has more votes on the United Nations Security Council, Reid says. Reid has written and hosted documentary films for National Geographic TV and for the A&E network. He is a regular commentator on NPRs Morning Edition. He has written six books in English and three in Japanese. His latest book, The United States of Europe was a national best-seller.Admission is $10. Reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations or for more information, please contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or

EAGLE The seventh annual Resource Center Golf Scramble is Aug. 29 at Eagle Ranch. The Resource Center operates the countys womens shelter.The format is a four-person scramble, best ball each shot.Teams can now register. On or before Aug. 20, registration is $140 per player. After that, its $155 a player. Registration includes greens fees, a golf cart, boxed lunch, range balls and a post-tournament party. There also will be a silent auction at the end of the tournament. Organizers also are looking for volunteers and businesses to donate raffle prizes. For more information call tournament organizer Cindy Clement, 949-6654. Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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