Sunday, April 12, 2009

National Youth Traffic Safety Month

Young People Making a Difference
Join them for National Youth Traffic Safety Month in May.

The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) along with their partners sponsor National Youth Traffic Safety Month each May. Here are ways that you can participate:

Visit these links reminding us of how those of every age committed to traffic safety make a difference:

Facts to Think About!

  • 37,000 sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends died on roadways in the U.S. in 2008. Consider the State Capitols that would vanish if this many people (or fewer) died locally:
    Juneau, Alaska (31,118), Dover, Delaware (32,135),

Frankfort, Kentucky (27,741), Augusta, Maine (18,560), Annapolis, Maryland (36,217), Helena, Montana (25,780), Pierre, South Dakota (13,876),
Montpelier, Vermont (8,035)

  • At age 16, it’s safe to say we have only half a brain! That’s according to a 2004 Study from the National Institutes of Health in releasing a 15-year brain scan study on brain development from ages 5-20. The study highlights that brain development is only about half-complete at age 16. Also revealed is the following:
  • The brain takes about 25 years to mature (for a small percentage of males, this process can take up to age 30)
    The more sophisticated capacities take the longest to develop, which directly effect driving skills. These include abilities to:
    -Expand attention and focus
    -Make sound judgments
    -Identify risks
    -Forecast consequences
    -Manage risks
    -Engage in complex visual-spatial calculations needed to drive safely (these develop in late teens and early 20s)

Consider what these realities mean when it comes to teaching young people to drive. Are we willing to devote the kind of time and energy to training safe drivers that we put into developing athletes, musicians, dancers, actors – in short, developing the gifts our children possess?
As we work to educate ourselves and others, make KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® an integral part of the process. Learn how at KKAD25 Start-up.

“Don’t Let the 2 Minutes You ‘Save’
Be the Last 2 Minutes of Someone’s Life.”
Adapted from David Townsend (Tia’s father)

In safety,
Tom Everson
Executive Director

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12418 C Street
Omaha, NE 68144 – Keep up with the latest at the KKAD25 Blog.

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