|BOSTON - The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and State Representative Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., (D-Springfield) announced that entries are being accepted in the 2007 Amusement Safety Poster Contest, open to children in grades 1 through 6. |
All children in public, private and home-schooled programs and recreation centers are invited to compete for contest prizes in multiple grade levels in the form of a United States Savings Bond in the name of each winner. Selected posters will be included in the 2008 Amusement Safety Awareness Calendar produced by DPS.
DPS oversees and regulates amusement devices throughout the state; licenses owners; and inspects and grants permits for individual devices in amusement parks, carnivals and go-kart facilities, as well as large and small inflatables rented frequently for town fairs and private parties. During 2006, DPS issued 124 licenses and inspected 3,368 individual devices.
"This contest is a way to promote safety and develop an understanding among our children of the need to obey rules and play safe when they ride on amusements this summer." said Puppolo.
"Given the many amusement venues in the area and Six Flags New England that our children enjoy each summer, this is a great fun and educational opportunity for children in this area" Puppolo added.
Posters will be judged in three groups, Group One 1st and 2nd Grades, Group Two 3rd and 4th Grades, and Group Three 5th and 6th Grades.
The contest is designed to prompt safety discussion among families as summer outings take place to amusement parks and carnivals. The poster theme should urge riders and operators to partner and keep safety in mind - before, during and after the ride.
Prizes include $1,000 for the overall winner, $500 for each of the first place winners in Groups One, Two and Three, and prizes are $250 for each second place winners by Group, $100 for third place, $50 for fourth place and $25 for fifth place each by Group category.
Entry forms and additional information may be obtained on-line at the DPS website, www.mass.gov/dps. The deadline for entry is May 11, 2007. Winners are expected to be announced no later than Monday, June 11, 2007. Questions regarding the contest may be directed to Mark Mooney, chief of Inspections-Mechanical at (617) 727-3200 X 25208.