Insurance Proof Required The D.C. police will begin fining drivers who cannot produce proof of vehicle insurance during traffic stops or other situations where police ask for driving documents.

Beginning Saturday, police officers will request proof of insurance along with a driver's license and vehicle registration.

District law defines proof of insurance as "a document issued by an insurance company that lists the name of the insurance company, the policy number, the name or names of the insured, and the period of coverage for the insurance."

Drivers without proof of insurance can be fined $300.

Youth Council Openings

The D.C. Youth Advisory Council is seeking applications from potential members. The council advises the city on issues, legislation and policies that affect young people and is part of Serve DC, which oversees service programs in the District.

Applicants must be 13 to 22 years old; must have lived in the District at least one year, excluding college dormitories; and must be aware of the issues affecting their ward or area of concentration.

The council has 32 members: three from each ward and eight at-large members who deal with the District's juvenile justice and foster care systems.

Applications are available through the youth advisory council link at For more information or to have an application mailed, e-mailed or faxed, contact Stephanie Thomas at 202-727-7976 or Applications are due July 29.

Domestic Violence Grants

Verizon Wireless is accepting proposals from domestic violence prevention and education programs in the District for grants totaling $30,000.

Agencies, shelters and other groups that deal with domestic violence are eligible for the grants, which are to be used to introduce or expand programs, add equipment or enhance facilities. Six grants of $5,000 each will be awarded.

Applicants must be a District-based public or private nonprofit organization with valid IRS tax identification. Proposals should be postmarked or e-mailed by Sept. 9. Grant winners are expected to be announced during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. For an application or information, call 202-966-8779.

Disabilities Panel to Meet

The Mayor's Committee on Persons With Disabilities will host its bimonthly meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library auditorium, 901 G St. NW.

The committee works with human services providers, businesses, unions, and local and federal governments to serve people with physical, mental and medical disabilities. People requiring special accommodations for the meeting should call 202-442-8673.

Free Meals for Youths

The 2005 D.C. Free Summer Meals Program is offering free breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 or younger until late August at D.C. schools, recreation centers, summer camps and community- and faith-based organizations.

The program provides meals for low-income children who receive free and reduced priced meals during the school year.

Children will also be able to participate in arts and crafts, tutoring, sports and computer training, depending on where the meal is served.

To participate, sponsor the program or find the nearest meal site, call 202-463-6211 or visit

-- Compiled by BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT