Tuesday, April 9, 2013

America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive


"America's Trash Talks to 
Keep Kids Alive"
"America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive" is the latest initiative from Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. GEICO is on board as our first national sponsor and the AAA Cornhusker Motor Club in our first state partner - Nebraska. Initiatives are spreading quickly, including:
  • Colonial Heights, VA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Lithia, FL
  • O'Fallon, IL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Millbourne, PA
  • Oro Valley, AZ
  • Peters Township, PA
  • Wichita, KS
  • Fenton, MO
  • Florissant, MO
  • Fayetteville, NC
The premise is simple; to get the "Keep Kids Alivemessage out on the side of every trash can in America - both curbside and in alleys. Messages include:



We welcome you to partner – through your neighborhood/homeowners association, local trash hauler, business, school, faith community, or civic organization (or all of these organizations working together).


Through use of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25
®Be Aware! Drive With Care®No Need To Speed®, and Check Your Speed® decals. The goal is to decal every trash can on every neighborhood street and alleyway in America


To reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries. It's that simple - get all citizens involved in sending out one or more of the "Keep Kids Alive" safety messages in order to create safer roadway environments for the benefit of pedestrians and cyclists of all ages, as well as motorists themselves. (The City of Oro Valley, AZ applied these decals to trash cans and saw average speeds plummet to 24.5 mph on residential streets - a 13% decrease.)

What is needed?

Partners - environmental waste companies, insurance companies, local businesses, schools, faith communities, and civic organizations to partner with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 in implementing this goal in communities nationwide.

Local Trash Hauler in Escondido, CA affixed
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® 
signs to their trucks, making them rolling billboards inviting all to slow down on residential streets. Papillion Sanitation, a Waste Connections Company, will join in with rolling billboards in Spring 2013

What is the role of partners?

Examples include the following:
  • Environmental waste companies that provide trash and recycling bins to municipalities and neighborhoods add one or more of the Keep Kids Alive messages via decals on the side of all trash/recycling bin.
  • Insurance companies utilize agents to distribute decals to policyholders. These decals can integrate company logos into decals in order to recognize sponsorship
  • Businesses can sponsor decals and distribute through customer service, check out lanes, service counters, as well as through employees. Businesses can be recognized by integrating company logos into decals to recognize sponsorship
  • Schools and civic organizations can distribute decals to families and members. Civic organizations can partner as local/regional/national sponsors as well
How can your business, school, civic organization get involved?

Get started today by ordering decals at “America’s Trash Talks”  For more information, contact Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 at 402-334-1391 or kkad25@kkad25.org.

We look forward to partnering with you as "America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive"

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The "Will" to Drive to Keep Kids Alive!

What was I thinking? 

The "will" to drive safely is critical each time any one of us gets behind the wheel. Will means we actually think about what we are about to do. 

What if...

...every time any one of us gets behind the wheel, our first thoughts are, "I am going to drive safely. I am going to...

...walk around the vehicle to make sure no children are hiding in blind spots

...turn off my cell phone and set it aside until I reach my destination

...buckle up and make sure all passengers are buckled up as well

...observe all posted speed limits, and adjust downward due to presence of children at play, cyclists, road and weather conditions

...create space between my vehicle and others around me, so I have time to react to the driving behaviors of others

...use my blinker to signal all turns and lane changes

...stop - take three to see at all stop signs regardless of whether or not anyone is present - it is my chance to practice making complete stops so I am ready the one time that someone does seem to appear out of nowhere

...observe all traffic signals and traffic signs

...think of the ones I love, the ones who are waiting for me to return home safely.

Ask the questions, "Who do I love" and "who loves me?" May the faces of all the loved ones you picture in your mind give you the "will" to drive to keep kids (of all ages) alive and to make safe driving behaviors a lifetime habit. 

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