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Grabbing the attention of local youth

Law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel in Red Deer want to take street racing off the roads and onto the race track. A Red Deer branch of Youth Initiatives & Education in Lifestyles & Driving Association (YIELD) is raising money to buy a drag race car and paint it with RCMP colours to grab the attention of local youth.

Law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel in Red Deer want to take street racing off the roads and onto the race track. A Red Deer branch of Youth Initiatives & Education in Lifestyles & Driving Association (YIELD) is raising money to buy a drag race car and paint it with RCMP colours to grab the attention of local youth. “Red Deer has a huge hot rod and classic car community. It also has a young group of car enthusiasts and street racing has always been a problem in communities,” Const. Lee Watt, traffic officer with Red Deer City RCMP, said Monday. “You regularly see kids racing on the north end of town and there have been some accidents.” YIELD Association, based out of Stony Plain, already has one race car that visits communities across Western Canada. Watt, who regularly attends Red Deer Cruise Night on Thursday, said taking a race car to schools is a good way to initiate a safety conversation with youth. “You’re not a cop. You’re the person with the cool car so you can get a message across to them.” And meeting up with them at a sanctioned race track is another way, he said. To become a sponsor or to find out more about YIELD Association contact Watt at yieldreddeer@gmail.com or visit YIELD Association on Facebook.