Private industry group to meet Wednesday
The Mid-Maryland Private Industry Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Leighton Room at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville.
The council consists of 26 representatives from private business, education, organized labor, government, community organizations and human service agencies.
Its purpose is to oversee work force development in Carroll and Howard counties. Services are delivered through the Carroll County Job Training Partnership and the Howard County Employment and Training Center in cooperation with county governments.
Program encourages use of seat belts
"Ready for the Road," a seat belt incentive program at area high schools and colleges, recently ended a nine-month series of activities to persuade young people to wear seat belts.
Maryland State Police used the Seat Belt Convincer to demonstrate to students the severity of even a slow-speed impact. A total of 146 students and teachers rode the Convincer, which simulates a crash at a speed of 5 mph.
The program included individual incentive campaigns at Western Maryland College, Carroll Community College and the five high schools. Students in each high school class participated in an incentive, in which students signed a pledge to use their seat belts.
Winners of the pledge competition are: North Carroll High, 11th grade; Liberty High, ninth grade; Francis Scott Key High, 12th grade; Westminster High, ninth grade; South Carroll High, 12th grade.
A survey of year-end seat belt usage showed that 77 percent to 83 percent of youths at the high schools used their seat belts.