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MEDIA/PHOTO ADVISORY/Washington Mutual on Fast Track to Promoting Safe Driving; Beat the Heat Team Member to Make Special Appearance


   WHEN: Friday, October 12

   TIME: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

   WHERE: Washington Mutual Financial Center 
          468 Rivershore Lane

          Local youth invited to free event to promote safe 
          driving practices

   WHAT: In an effort to educate and teach Idaho's youth about the
        importance of respecting the rules of the road, Washington
        Mutual is proud to present a special appearance by Detective
        Bob Banta. Banta, one of Idaho's "fastest" police officers and
        a member of the Beat the Heat team, is gearing up to race his
        140 mph Boise City Police Chevelle in the Halloween Classic at
        Firebird Raceway on October 20th. In addition to showing off
        his drag racing police car, Detective Banta will be talking
        about the important message behind Beat the Heat program which
        strives to help educate young drivers about respecting the law
        and showing them where racing is legal. Law enforcement
        officers in the Beat the Heat program also serve as role
        models and help to further enforce the message of saying no to
        drugs and alcohol. A true Halloween treat for racing and law
        enforcement fans, this event is bound to be a memorable
        afternoon as they will also have the opportunity to get
        autographs, sit in the display car and have their photos taken
        with Detective Banta.


CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635