The D.A.R.E, or or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, program gives kids the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs, and violence. It’s common practice for D.A.R.E. officers to become involved with kids as early as elementary school, showing them that drugs just aren’t cool. Geting a youngsters attention can be difficult at times, one of the reasons why having a cool D.A.R.E. car is important.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s BUSTang is one of those cool cars. This 2006 Mustang GT is so cool, in fact, it took 1st place out of 60 cars in this years national D.A.R.E conference.
“It’s a cool and unconventional way of getting out the message to kids to stay off drugs, and I think it’s getting their attention,” said Scott McGuire, installations manager of Williams Communications Inc. of Tallahassee.
McGuire and his team equipped the car with a 2,000-watt stereo system; an 800-MHz radio system; 200 LED lights; eight speakers and a DVD multimedia system including two video monitors. Students in Franklin County’s 5th grade D.A.R.E. program helped to brainstorm the ideas which made this ponycar best in show.
With the help of the above and alittle seized drug money (of course), this Modded Mustang was completed in three phases, starting with the lights and siren. Next came the visual accessories and custom graphics, and finally audio and video equipment.
Sgt. Ryan Sandoval, D.A.R.E. officer, will use the BUSTang to educate students in a unique and innovating ways – including a DVD show and a fiberglass molded display containing a substance-abuse-identification kit on the floor of the trunk. You can visit the Project BUSTang web page at the Franklin County Sheriff’s website.