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News Release

Monday, June 5, 2000

Media Relations

Mural Contest Promotes Traffic Safety Awareness

Wilmington - In September of 1999, The Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Division, along with The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), The Automobile Club of Southern California (ACSC), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), created a "Traffic Safety Mural" contest for all middle schools in the Los Angeles basin to participate. All middle schools entering the contest were instructed to paint a mural on their school campus depicting traffic awareness. Representatives from Otis College of Art and Design chose the winning middle school.

The National Hot Rod Association, Automobile Club of Southern California, and Specialty Market Association donated money and supplies to all schools participating in the contest. Dunn Edwards Corporation donated the paint.

On Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at 10:00 a.m., the involved organizations will honor Wilmington Middle School for being selected as the winner of the mural contest. The event will take place at:

Wilmington Middle School
1700 Gulf Avenue
Wilmington, Ca. 90744

Dr. Ken Pyle, Director, NHRA Youth & Education Services
Tiffany Bonham, Administrative Assistant, NHRA Youth & Education Services
Rick Lalor, Manager Motorsports and Events, ACSC
Patricia Talaska, Director, Council Relations, SEMA
Chris Horn, Vice President, Consumer Affairs, SEMA
Katrina Fraze, Consumer Affairs Coordinator, SEMA
Joe Nardulli, Coordinator School Traffic and Safety Education Section, LAUSD

Individuals from the Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Division, Central Traffic Division, South Traffic Division, and Valley Traffic Division.

Please direct all inquiries to Officer Harry Winston or Officer Patrick, West Traffic Division, at 213-473-0215.

Prepared by Officer Trevion Stokes, Media relations Section 213-485-3586.