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Crooning cops bringing safety message to Calexico High

May 08, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Well it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now … for a show by Elvis & the Lawman?

That's right.

"For the first time, Elvis & the Lawman, crooning cops from the San Francisco Bay Area, will bring their traffic safety messages to Calexico," according to a Calexico High School press release.

Elvis & the Lawman will perform their "musical traffic safety extravaganza" in the high school's Varner Gym at 10 a.m. Friday for more than 1,000 students, teachers and staff.


Lt. Bill "Elvis" Palmini of Northern California's Albany Police Department is the spokesman for the "Chief Operator Teen Driver Program," a project funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

According to the release, "the media" has dubbed Palmini "King of Traffic Safety" because of his use of the Elvis Presley persona. Palmini has conducted more than 500 school and community traffic safety presentations in 15 states and Canada.

In 1994, he and his partner, Sgt. Art "The Lawman" Clemona, received an honorary gold record from the Recording Industry Association of America.

The "Chief Operator Teen Driver Program" is a fine-tuning of the designated driver concept that has been successful in curbing drinking and driving among adults. The officers will leave program materials in high school and middle schools in Calexico and neighboring jurisdictions.

For those with a hunka, hunka burning desire to see the show, call Associated Student Body Director Sergio Rubio at 455-9124.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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