The Story behind the Symbol
Enrique "Kiki" Camarena grew up in a dirt-floor home with hopes and dreams of making a difference.
Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines, and became a police officer
when he decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel
believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the
37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the
agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found in a
shallow grave. He had been tortured to death.
Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena's Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and
high school friend Henry Lozano, launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, California,
Camarena's home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the
sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. These coalitions began
to wear red badges of satin and red ribbons, as a symbol Camarena's memory. The Red Ribbon
Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs and coalitions.
Halloween Safety Tips
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats; avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses; don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Carry a flashlight to help you see and be seen; fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Look both ways before crossing the street use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Wear masks that have good holes for the eyes so you can see where you are going.
Sharing the road safely with school buses
- The State of Texas has a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
- School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorist that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
- The State of Texas requires that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
Cell Phone Use on Texas Roads
Texas law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving if you:
- Have had a learners permit for 6 months or less.
- Are Under 18 year old.
- Operate a school bus when children are present.
- Are in a school crossing zone.
Danger: Kids Left in Hot Cars
Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars.
These cases happen when kids are left unattended in a hot car -- sometimes because the driver forgot the child was there -- or when kids get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger.
Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That overwhelms the brain's temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, an/or death.
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately.
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