In September, Monteagle Elementary School hosted a Safety Day to educate students about community services and personnel. Representatives from the Monteagle Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol spoke to students about safety in the home and car, and how to use 911 services.
Students were allowed to enter the vehicles and see devices used by emergency workers. Members of the Monteagle and Sewanee Fire Departments explained fire safety and steps everyone should follow if they are near a fire. Students received a fire hat and safety coloring sheet.
The EVAC helicopter used to transport seriously wounded patients by air flew in and landed on the school grounds.
In the gym, Monteagle Police Chief Virgil McNeece demonstrated intoxicated driving with “drunk driving goggles.” He discussed how alcohol impacts the individual’s response time, depth and spatial perception, and overall loss of control while driving under the influence. Students were allowed to complete a short obstacle course while wearing the goggles and see how their judgment and focus was impeded. Police officers discussed the dangers of alcohol mixed with driving, breathalyzer procedures, and the penalties associated if arrested while driving intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.