Red Thumb Day's Walk the Walk A Success
On April 12, the Valley County Health Department hosted Glasgow Red Thumb Day's 'Walk the Walk' event. This was the second annual Red Thumb Reminder Event and consisted of activities in several downtown locations including the Glasgow City-County Library, The Loaded Toad, the Valley County Courthouse as well as the Glasgow Police and Fire Department.
Red Thumb Day is a national campaign to educate on the dangers of texting and driving. According to the VCHD, every day 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving. Every year, over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries, which means that over 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving.
To bring awareness to the community, the participating businesses provided various activities ranging from taking a mug shot at the courthouse to having to recall items on a table after reading instructions at the library. At each location, participants also had the option to paint their thumbnail red, grab a red thumb reminder band, sign a "No Texting While Driving" pledge and enjoy healthy snacks.
Each location offered a stamp for participating in the activities and visiting. Once four or more stamps were collected, the card could be turned in to win several prizes. The winners of the drawing were Alaina Sallee winning $25 in chamber bucks, Cade Myrick winning a $25 Loaded Toad gift card and Kaylee King winning a $25 gift card to Valley Cinemas.
The Valley County Health Department would like to thank all of the participating businesses and sponsors for making this year a success.