Monday, September 14, 2009

It’s People Who Survive! Keep Kids Alive!

In this week’s “Speed-Reader”

  • It’s People Who Survive!
  • New Communities join KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25®
  • Buy 100, Get 100 Free!

It’s People Who Survive!

A survivor is a person. Sometimes this fact can get lost in describing a person as a motorist, passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist. We need to remember that people are survivors; people hit while walking, running; or riding a bike; people who are driving or are along for the ride; people like you or me, our sisters or brothers, moms and dads, and friends.

When we think of survivors in a crash, we might think of those who make it out alive, or of family members who survive those who have died. Seldom might we consider the plight of a real-life survivor who has to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and take steps to make a new life each day. This comes home graphically in a recent story in the Austin American Statesman - Jacqui Saburido Tries to Find Peace.

Jacqui’s real life story serves as a wake-up call that the decisions we make when we get behind the wheel do indeed make a difference - sometimes in ways that we never intended. The lives of two of her friends were snuffed out by an underage drunk driver, and her life was irrevocably changed forever. It is the survivors who most need our support in the wake of a tragedy.

We are reminded that over 100 families each day need our support as the lives of 102 Americans will end today because of driving while intoxicated or intexticated (Caution! Graphic YouTube video Driving While Intexticated - The Grim Reality and Live from New York! More Driving While Intexticated), speeding, running stop lights and stops signs, and not buckling up.

In the midst of trauma to victims, their families, and friends, there are whole communities that continue to commit themselves to creating a culture of safe driving. They begin in the neighborhood or the school parking lot and reach out into the whole community. KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® has been privileged to support people who lead these efforts in over 1000 communities representing 48 states to date. Many of these people are the parents and spouses of those who have died.

Recent additions to the list of communities becoming actively engaged include:

  • Neighborhoods in O’Fallon, Missouri (With support of Public Works)
  • Neighborhood in Barrington, Illinois
  • Neighborhood in Chesterfield, Michigan
  • Neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas
  • Neighborhood in Placerville, California
  • The City of South Daytona, Florida
  • The City of Johns Creek, Georgia
  • The City of St. Charles, Missouri
  • The City of Shorewood, Illinois

As we begin the school year and look towards International Walk to Month in October (see International Walk to School), now is the time to strengthen our “people safety” efforts to preserve lives in each and every community in America (and beyond). Give us a call at 402-334-1391 or e-mail to find out how you can engage people in your hometown in being the solution to the problems we cause when we choose to speed, drink and drive, ride unbuckled, run stop signs and stop signs, drive while intexticated, and more. The goal is to make safe driving, walking, and riding the norm in your community. Visit Keep Kids Alive Start-up to begin today.


Here’s how your community can benefit and save money at the same time.
Take the KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® message curbside!
Buy 100, get 100 free (while supply lasts)

  • KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® Trash Can Decals - Click Here! (Can request Spanish decals as well)
  • Be Aware! Drive With Care® Trash Can Decals - Click Here
  • Check Your Speed® Trash Can Decals - Click Here!
  • No Need To Speed® Trash Can Decals - Click Here!
  • KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® Static Cling Window Decals - Click Here!
  • Seat Belts-FASTENATING!® Bumper Decals - Click Here!

    Don’t let the two minutes you ‘save’
    be the last two minutes of someone’s life.”
    David Townsend (Tia’s Dad)

In safety,
Tom Everson
Executive Director & Founder -
KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® - A “For Action” Organization -501(c) (3)

Reminder, donate to support the mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25 at . Your generous giving keeps kids living. Thanks!

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® and related logos and slogans (Be Aware! Drive With Care®, Check Your Speed®/No Need To Speed®, Stop! Take 3 To See®, Stop Means Stop®, Seat Belts-FASTENATING!®, and It’s Not A Race! Create Space©) are registered trademarks/copyrights of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, P.O. Box 45563 Omaha, Nebraska, 68145. No other entities may use these or similar marks without prior permission. Call 402-334-1391 for information.

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