Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You are the "One" to Keep Kids Alive!

In the late 60's Three Dog Night sang "One is the loneliest number…" Catchy tune, but steers us in the wrong direction when it comes home to driving home a message.

The real truth is that "one" is the number that makes all the difference when it comes to driving behavior. Each "one" of us is literally the "one" that can make a life-giving and life-saving difference each time we get behind the wheel.

How?

Put these behaviors into action, and you indeed will be the "one!"


...walk around your vehicle to make sure there are no kids playing behind or around it before I get in.


...hide your cell phone - where you can't reach it - so that it does not serve as a distraction as you drive (remember when no one had to worry about doing this? Cell phone use while driving is becoming the new "Drunk Driving")


…never drink and drive



...buckle up every trip and expecting all passengers to do so, no matter the distance of the trip


...stop at stop signs and taking 3 seconds to look left, look right, look left again - work hard to make sure the street really is clear of other moving vehicles, pedestrians trying to cross, and cyclists making their way along roadways.


stop to make sure intersections and crosswalks are clear before making lefthand or righthand turns at traffic signals


observe the speed limit, and drive slower when weather conditions or the presence of children at play, pedestrians, and cyclists dictate doing so.


...be a thinker and use your blinker to signal all turns and lane changes.



create 3-4 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have time to react to the driving actions of others.


Repetitive practice of all these behaviors, and more, is what helps us improve our driving skills each day. None of us will ever be the perfect driver. Yet, if we are driven to be the "one" each time we get behind the wheel, we can make the life-giving difference each and every trip.


It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Safe travels,
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
A Non-Profit "For Action" Organization 501(c)(3)

402-334-1391

12418 C Street
Omaha, NE 68144


Make your donation to support the KKAD25 mission today @ KKAD25 Donate. A personal thank you note will arrive in your mailbox (not your e-mail box).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Signs of Life!


Signs of Life to Keep Kids Alive!

As spring unfolds and summer approaches, kids of all ages (even we adult kids) are out and about in neighborhoods. One way to get the "Keep Kids Alive" message out to motorists is through yard signs. Here are the messages you can choose from:
 

  


You can order directly through Curzon Graphics, our Signs of Life partner, by calling 1-800-769-7446 or visiting KKAD25® Signs of Life


 

Street signs and trash can decals with these messages can also be ordered @ KKAD25 Store


It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
A Non-Profit "For Action" Organization 501(c)(3)

402-334-1391

12418 C Street

Omaha, NE 68144

Make your donation to support the KKAD25 mission today @ KKAD25 Donate. A personal thank you note will arrive in your mailbox (not your e-mail box).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Imagine Zero Deaths!

Dear Friends in Traffic Safety,

Karl Benz is credited with inventing the automobile in 1886 in Germany. John Lennon composed the song "Imagine" in 1971. "Towards Zero Deaths" was adopted by the Federal Highway Administration in 2009. 

Could Benz have imagined there would ever be a need for a "Toward Zero Deaths" traffic safety campaign? We may never know the exact mind of Karl Benz, by we do know that worldwide over 4,000 million motor vehicle deaths have been recorded since 1899 (FHWA Data). 

Given this staggering number of lives lost and the untold grief visited upon families of victims, can we today imagine what it would take to reach the goal of zero roadway deaths for even a day? If so, let's begin our efforts with the goal of one fatality free day on our nation's roadways. 

Two key ingredients to reaching this goal are:

1. Education towards practicing safe behaviors behind the wheel, as well as as a  passenger.
2. Putting these behaviors into practice.

Following is a basic list of these behaviors:


Walk around your vehicle to make sure there
 are no kids playing behind or around it before I get in.


Hide your cell phone - where you can't reach it - so that it does not serve as a distraction as you drive (remember when no one had to worry about doing this? Cell phone use while driving is becoming the new "Drunk Driving")


Never drink and drive.




Buckle up every trip and expect all passengers to do so as well, no matter the distance of the trip


Stop at stop signs and taking 3 seconds to look left, look right, look left again - work hard to make sure the street really is clear of other moving vehicles, pedestrians trying to cross, and cyclists making their way along roadways.

Stopping to make sure intersections and crosswalks are clear before makes lefthand or righthand turns at traffic signals


Observe the speed limit, and driving slower when weather conditions or the presence of children at play, pedestrians, and cyclists dictate doing so.


Be a thinker and use your blinker to signal all turns and lane changes.



Create 3-4 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have time to react to the driving actions of others.

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Repetitive practice of all these behaviors, and more, helps us improve our driving skills each day. None of us will ever be the perfect driver. Yet, if we are driven towards zero deaths and injuries each time we get behind the wheel, we can make a life-giving difference each and every trip. 


Need help with an educational campaign? Contact us at:


Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
A Non-Profit "For Action" Organization 501(c)(3)

402-334-1391

12418 C Street

Omaha, NE 68144



It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Make your donation to support the KKAD25 mission today @ KKAD25 Donate. A personal thank you note will arrive in your mailbox (not your e-mail box).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A License to Live!



Dear Friends in Traffic Safety,

When you look at your driver's license, what do you see?

Is it simply a license to drive? Or, could it be a license to live?

Viewing it as a license to live opens up all sorts of possibilities about what we each can do to ensure that all our passengers, and all other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and kids at play we encounter on or around roadways continue to experience the gift of life at the end of each day.

What does a license to live look like? It looks like



...walking around your vehicle to make sure there are no kids playing behind or around it before I get in.


...hiding your cell phone - where you can't reach it - so that it does not serve as a distraction as you drive (remember when no one had to worry about doing this? Cell phone use while driving is becoming the new "Drunk Driving")




…never drinking and driving




...buckling up every trip and expecting all passengers to do so, no matter the distance of the trip


...stopping at stop signs and taking 3 seconds to look left, look right, look left again - work hard to make sure the street really is clear of other moving vehicles, pedestrians trying to cross, and cyclists making their way along roadways.


stopping to make sure intersections and crosswalks are clear before makes lefthand or righthand turns at traffic signals


...observing the speed limit, and driving slower when weather conditions or the presence of children at play, pedestrians, and cyclists dictate doing so.


...being a thinker and using your blinker to signal all turns and lane changes.



...creating 3-4 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have time to react to the driving actions of others.


Repetitive practice of all these behaviors, and more, is what helps us improve our driving skills each day. None of us will ever be the perfect driver. Yet, if we are driven by "a license to live" each time we get behind the wheel, we can make the life-giving difference each and every trip.



It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Safe travels,
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
A Non-Profit "For Action" Organization 501(c)(3)

402-334-1391

12418 C Street
Omaha, NE 68144


Make your donation to support the KKAD25 mission today @ KKAD25 Donate. A personal thank you note will arrive in your mailbox (not your e-mail box).

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Power of "No!"

Words have power. However, there are certain words that many of us do not want to hear. We ignore them. When we do so, we rob words of their life-giving power.

One such word is "no." 'No" connotes what we can't do, what we shouldn't do, what common sense and often the law says we shouldn't do. And yet, the word "no" can be one of the most powerful words we will ever experience in order to bring good into the world.

Consider this:

When we say "no" to…

...the constant chirping of cell phones while driving

…the urge to ignore stop signs and traffic lights


 

…the desire to break the speed limit



…tailgating


…temptation to leave that seat belt unbuckled

…all manner of distracted driving



…driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs

...we say "yes" to keeping kids, and, in fact, people of all ages alive on and along roadways. We do so because we free ourselves to pay attention to who is worth paying attention to; that is, every person in our own vehicle, in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and children at play. Saying "no" gives you the power to say "yes" to life - for those you love and all those loved by each and every person who share the roads with you each day.

Learn how to mobilize your community to make a life-giving difference today @ www.KeepKidsAliveDrive25.org


Its About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Focus! One Trip at a Time

None of us can predict what will happen each time we get behind the wheel. What we can do is to focus on those behaviors which we can control to help us to safely navigate each and every trip we take. Here are several behaviors to focus on each and every trip.

  • walk around your vehicle to make sure their are no kids playing behind or around it before I get in.
  • hide your cell phone - where you can't reach it - so that it does not serve as a distraction as you drive (remember when no one had to worry about doing this? Cell phone use while driving is becoming the new "Drunk Driving")

  • don't drink and drive
  • buckle up every trip and expecting all passengers to do so, no matter the distance of the trip

  • stop at stop signs and taking 3 seconds to look left, look right, look left again - work hard to make sure the street really is clear of other moving vehicles, pedestrians trying to cross, and cyclists making their way along roadways.
  • observe the speed limit, and drive slower when weather conditions or the presence of children at play, pedestrians, and cyclists dictate doing so.
  • be a thinker and use your blinker to signal all turns and lane changes
  • create 3-4 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have time to react to the driving actions of others.

Repetitive practice of all these behaviors, and more, is what helps us improve our driving skills each day. None of us will ever be perfect drivers - but, are we - you - driven toward perfection each time we (you) get behind the wheel? Our answer and subsequent actions can be a matter of life and death, possibly even our (your) own. Stay focused every trip!

It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Safe travels,
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
A Non-Profit "For Action" Organization 501(c)(3)

402-334-1391

12418 C Street
Omaha, NE 68144

Make your donation to support the KKAD25 mission today @ KKAD25 Donate. A personal thank you note will arrive in your mailbox (not your e-mail box).