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Local restaurants promote water safety for youngsters

Thursday, August 1, 2002

"Fast Food" and Arkansas Game and Fish are teaming up to promote boating safety. Area business managers Kim Watson from the Hardy McDonalds, Justin Sisk from Salem Dairy Queen, and Joe Boshears from the Salem Sonic, have provided local wildlife officers Wade Spence and Scott Watkins with coupons to encourage children to wear life jackets while boating.

Anyone who takes his family boating this summer you might come home with a coupon for free drinks and/or snacks at one of several fast food chains in the area, said Capt. Gary Mullins with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

"Thanks to the cooperation of McDonald's at Hardy and Sonic and Dairy Queen at Salem we are able to encourage children to keep their life jackets on while involved in boating activities," Mullins said. "All they have to do is wear their life jackets and if an AGFC wildlife officer happens by their boat, he will give them a coupon good for treats at participating businesses."

"It's actually a winner for everyone," Mullins explained. "The children get a treat, we have another means to promote safety, and area businesses are able to demonstrate their willingness to help within their communities." The program, which Capt. Mullins referred to as Operation Safe Kids, is expanding across the state. The next time one sees a wildlife officer approaching a boat, it might be just to give the kids a treat.

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