Recently I heard about a program called Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. It has been introduced to a number of towns in Bergen County and is a great program to help reduce traffic speed on local roads. Before visiting their website, I never knew that this program was a nationwide non-profit organization. You've probably seen their signs before.
This is a great program and I believe more towns should adopt a similar program. Thousands of kids are killed each year from speeding drivers. Slow down and protect our most valuable resource - our children.
Below are some little known facts about speeding taken from the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 website.
DID YOU KNOW?
43,300 people - daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends - died on America's roadways in 2006. That's an average of over 118 deaths per day each and every day of the year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - 2006)
4,881 pedestrians died while walking in neighborhoods or crossing streets in 2005. 500 of these deaths were children under 14 years-old. (NHTSA 2005)
The death rate on residential streets is over twice that of highways -measured per miles driven (NHTSA - 2005)
Speeding Triples the Odds of Crashing (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety - 2006)
A pedestrian hit in a 30 mph speed zone is 3 times more likely to die than one hit in a 25 mph zone. (General Estimated Database of Police Reported Accidents - 1999)
Please visit their website at http://www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org/.
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