New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Interactive defensive driving course launched
With the help of the Charles R. Rose Agency, three young entrepreneurs are moving the country’s first at-home, interactive defensive driving course out of the garage and into the hands of local traffic violators.
Driven taking the state-certified U.S. Interactive coune bring home a small electronic terminal and a video cassette. Alter logging on to the U S Interactive system, students watch the video—hosted by comedian Jeff Altman — and then answer questions on the terminal. Taking a page from the fledgling interactive cable industry, answen are transmitted to U.S. Interactive headquarters when the at-home student plugs in the terminal to a telephone line.
It if a patent-pending development that promises to transform the drivers ■fey industry, according to U S. Interactive co-founders Rick Johnson, Mike Curran and Scott Owens. “There’s one crucial foetor keeping the vast majority of people from completing a defen-ive driving course — inconvenience,’’ »ys Johnson.
Only eight percent of all people ticketed for traffic violations in Texas take defensive driving classes, a figure Johnson says can be greatly improved through UST’s take-home course. “With the convenience of our interactive approach, we believe more people will complete a driver’s safety course and become better drivers," he explains.
"The entire process is easy," Johnson claims. “With our system, you get up to three days to finish the course," he says. “You take breaks when you want, you eat when you want."
Verification is substantial, according to Johnson, a requirement that met rigorous scrutiny by the Texas Education Agency. Students at home must answer several questions in order to validate the test given with each course.
In fact, the launch of the U.S. Interactive system culminated three careful years of development, retooling and regulatory oversight. “The entire thrust of our company is to develop a system which would entice thousands of drivers to complete a safety course,"
says Johnson. “Interactive technology allows us to bring these courses home, literally, to the public."
Punctuated with humor, celebrities and music, the video peeves home the importance of auto safety using qpedal driving techniques, action footage and compelling statistics.
Ten Heller, Ph.D., an Austin-based education researcher and policy evaluator for state education programs, says the program is effective. "As a way to learn, the methodology is wonderful." Heller says. "It’s embedded testing — you learn as you go along, you're evaluated as you go along."
U.S. Interactive course is state-approved for use in removing a traffic violation from driving records and to gain safety discounts from auto insurers. Corporations hiring drivers can also use the U.S. Interactive system to teach defensive driving.
For more information, contact the Charles R. Rose Agency or call (210) 625-8576.
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hbftid-Ztitung photo by JENNIFER ROM PELWurst Cook-Off winners take home barbecue awards
Barbecue cookers from across the state of Texas took home awards for their tasty entries in beef, chicken, pork and side dish after competing in the Wurst Cook-Off & Dance April 23, 1994, at the Wurstfest grounds.
"The Wurst Cook-Off and Dance was a success on all fronts: great weather, wonderful food, and lots of people to celebrate the Wurstfest Association’s salute to good barbecue and music," said association President Joe Kuehler.
Sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association, more than 30 teams competed for trophies and cash awards in the annual barbecue contest, sponsored by the Wurstfest Association. The dance, featuring Austin band Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes, secured a record crowd in the Wursthalle in the evening.
Th# Texas Rangers team from Bulvarda won second place In pork.
“The Wurst Cook-Off and Dance offers a unique opportunity for barbecue cookers and connoisseurs to come together to compete and offer up tasty samples of their finest barbecue and side dishes," said Cook-Off Chairman Rick Heyden.
Winners in the barbecue contest this year included:
• Best of Show — Buck & Wing, Houston.
• Grand Champion — Slaughter House Cookers, Houston.
• People’s Choice — River Camp Cookers, Columbus.
• Best Side Dish — Buck & Wing, Houston.
• Chicken category:
I st place — Slaughter House Cookers, Houston
2nd place—Zee Oidfather and the Oldfother Cooks, Austin 3rd place — Gitcha Some of This, Valley View •Pork category:
1st place — Zee Oldfother and the Oldfother Cooks, Austin 2nd place — Texas Rangers, Bulverde
3rd place—Slaughter House Cookers, Houston • Beef category:
1st plaoe — Saturday Night Special, Houston
2nd place—What-A-Pity, Rhome 3rd place — Circle DA Cookers, New Braunfels The Wurst Cook-Off & Dance is a project of the Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels.
Rabies clinic set for May 14
The annual city wide rabies clinic will be held on Saturday May 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
The cost will be $6 for the vaccination and $5 for the license. All cats should be brought in a carrier and all dogs should be restrained on a leash. The clinic is sponsored by the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans. It is often spread to domestic animals
through the bite of wild animals such as skunks, bats or raccoons. The best prevention for rabies is vaccination. Therefore, Texas State Law requires vaccination of all dogs and cats by the time the animal if four months old, and yearly thereafter. The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
The City of New Braunfels and Comal County require licensing of dogs and cats yearly for intact animals. A lifetime license may be purchased for altered animals as long as the rabies
vaccination is current. Any animals without a current rabies vaccination and license are in violation of the Qty and County ordinance and State Law and are subject to fines.
The rabies clinic is offered by your local veterinarians to help insure that all dogs and cats are vaccinated against this deadly disease to protect humans as well as domestic animals.
Keep your pet legal and rabies free by taking advantage of the services offered during the rabies clinic en May 14,1994.
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