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Updated: 11/21/2013 08:00:02AM

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Do you remember being pulled over by police while driving as a teenager? Did you rush home to tell your parents or did you use my approach of hoping mom wouldn’t find out?

Drivers under the age of 21 in Lake Placid would be well advised to “fess up” if they have an encounter with officers from the Lake Placid Police Department. Police Chief James Fansler says parents and guardians of young drivers who break traffic laws in Lake Placid will get a letter in the mail explaining the traffic stop.

Fansler said his department is taking the new approach to help keep young drivers safe. If a driver younger than 21 is stopped by a Lake Placid Police officer the driver’s parents will be notified. That is whether or not the driver gets a ticket. The letter will state the driver’s name, that police stopped the driver for a traffic infraction, will give the date and time, and will state that the driver may have been given a warning or citation.

The intent of the new program is not to ensure those young drivers tell parents or guardians of the brush with the law. Instead, it’s designed to increase the safety of those youngsters.

“Traffic crashes occur every 12 seconds in the United States,” Fansler’s letter says. “Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of deaths among young adults. Teens are more likely to be killed in an automobile crash than any other way. Because of this, we urge you to encourage your children to drive safely.”

The letter also says sending the notices is now department policy. Parents and guardians are provided the police department telephone number – 863-699-3757 – in the event there are lingering questions.

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Jake Sartori was team leader of Hoggin A Good Time which claimed second place in the second annual Swamp Doggers Hog Round Up at Fred Smith Arena in the Seminole Indian community at Brighton. Another person was identified as the team leader in last week’s edition of The Journal. Sartori and his team of Kolt Kersey, Anthony Sartori and Gary Owens brought in 965 pounds with five wild hogs. The team claimed $1,350 and a painted skull mount.

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The Lake Placid Christmas Parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and the deadline is Friday to reserve a spot. Parade applications are available on the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce website at or by stopping in at the Chamber office at 18 N. Oak Avenue. For questions or further information, call the Chamber at 863-465-4331.

If you choose to be a spectator, mark your calendar for Dec. 14. If you plan to participate in the holiday march, be sure to have your application completed before the close of business Friday.