Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

We at want to share this post to stress the importance of 25 MPH through residential communities per the following:

The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® is to make streets safer for all who walk, cycle, play, drive, and ride. Our goal is to put an end to deaths and injuries caused by all manner of unsafe driving behaviors. We do so by educating and actively engaging citizens in a common commitment to create safer streets for the benefit of all, beginning right in our own neighborhood. No one wants to be behind the wheel and hit someone, yet our behaviors can lead to just such incidents. Check out “Practice the Better” on theKKAD25 Blog for examples of safe driving behaviors we can practice each time we get behind the wheel.

  • On average, over 90 deaths occur each day from speeding vehicles. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • 500 children under 14 years-old are killed each year while walking in what should be their safe haven—their neighborhood (NHTSA).
  • Each year over 4,000 sons, daughters, mothers & fathers are killed while walking in neighborhoods or crossing streets (NHTSA).
  • 2.5 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle incidents (NHTSA).
  • The death rate on residential streets is over twice that of highways – measured per miles driven (NHTSA).
  • Speeding triples the Odds of Crashing (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety).
  • 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 Estimates Database of Police Reported Accidents (NHTSA).

How to Make a Difference

  • Make a difference by slowing down. Make sure you observe the 25-miles-per-hour speed limit.
    Talk with neighbors about your concern for the safety of all neighborhood children.
  • Invite your Neighborhood Association or Area School PTA to get involved in starting a neighborhood campaign.
  • Request the Police/Sheriff’s Department to do a traffic study to gauge the extent of the speeding problem in your neighborhood.
  • Contact local officials (Mayor, Council Members, Police Chief) about beginning a community wide campaign. On-site support for developing a local campaign is available by contacting or calling 402-334-1391.
  • Post a KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® sign in your yard. Post the yard sign during the early morning hours (before school starts), after school (between 2:30 p.m. and dusk), and on weekends when children are out playing. The sign reminds all drivers in your neighborhood to slow down for our kids’ sake!
  • Encourage local schools to integrate KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25®into drivers’ education.
  • Your business can display the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25® logo (via decals or bumper stickers) on service vehicles out in neighborhoods.

Did You Know?

  • Results show that the average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle reaches 10% at an impact speed of 16 MPH, 25% at 23 MPH, 50% at 31 MPH, 75% at 39 MPH and 90% at 46 MPH.
  • The average risk of death for a pedestrian reaches 19% at an impact speed of 23 MPH, 25% at 32 MPH, 50% at 42 MPH, 75% at 50 MPH and 90% at 58 MPH.
  • Risks vary significantly by age. For example, the average risk of severe injury or death for a 70-year old pedestrian struck by a car traveling at 25 mph is similar to the risk for a 30-year old pedestrian struck at 35 mph.

You can obtain additional information by logging onto Keep Kids Alive Drive 25.

Escaping A Submerged Vehicle – Video

We at want to share a video by GMA regarding a new code on how to escape a submerged vehicle.

The probability of being in a submerged vehicle isn’t that far-fetched due to the extreme weather the country has been experiencing. On average 300 Americans die each year in submerged vehicles. Your vehicle should be equipped with a window glass breaker and seatbelt cutter device as well.


Prevention is the key and remember to Turn Around Don’t Drown!

Click on image below to view video:


Rebar Cap Horseshoe Stakes

We at want to share a quick safety tip for your outdoor fun this summer. Place a rebar cap on horseshoe stakes to eliminate an impalement hazard. Rebar caps are utilized in the construction industry to eliminate impalement hazards on vertical rebar.

The rebar caps are inexpensive and can be purchased at home improvement box stores. Just confirm that the cap is properly sized for the diameter of stake being utilized. We have addressed this issue in one of our local parks that was utilizing rebar for stakes and without caps.

Kids and Hot Cars

Did you know that incidents of kids dying in hot cars spike between Memorial Day and Labor Day? The incidents consist of a deadly combination of forgotten, intentionally and unattended deaths in vehicles. As always prevention is the key by implementing some best practices, This is especially important if you have children 3 years old or younger. 

We at want to share a post by NSC regarding It Can Happen To Anyone per the following:

On average, 37 kids die in hot cars every year in the United States, according to San Jose State University’s Jan Null.

Incidents spike between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when almost three kids die each week. In 2016, more than twice as many children died in hot cars (39) than all individuals who died in tornadoes across the country (17).

Null, a certified consulting meteorologist, has been tracking U.S. child vehicular heatstroke deaths since 1998. His research indicates more than half of kids die after a parent or guardian forgets them in a vehicle. This can happen to anyone at any time.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, parents often are stressed. Often, tragedies occur when schedules and routines are broken.

Null analyzes media reports and details the circumstances surrounding each case through, a program supported by the National Safety Council. In cases of heatstroke deaths, his findings show:

  • 87% of children who die are 3 years old or younger
  • 54% are forgotten in a vehicle
  • 28% are playing in an unattended vehicle
  • 17% are intentionally left in a vehicle by an adult

In April 2017, a 1-year-old boy died after being left in a pickup truck. At that time, the temperature in Vestavia, AL, was just 68 degrees. What many don’t know is cars and trucks heat up rapidly even on milder days and no matter the time of year.

The temperature inside a vehicle can rise by nearly 20 degrees in 10 minutes. Heatstroke occurs when a person’s body temperature exceeds 104 degrees, according to Hold on to Dear Life, a campaign of Primary Children’s Hospital. At 107 degrees, cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down. This can lead to death.

Young children are at risk because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s, according to a journal report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What You Can Do

To prevent tragedies, Safe Kids Worldwide produced an ACT Now Toolkit that includes a printable tip sheet: Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe from heatstroke. Here are five recommendations:

  • Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute
  • Keep your car locked when you are not in it so kids don’t gain access
  • Create reminders by putting something in the back seat next to your child, such as a briefcase, purse, cell phone or your left shoe
  • If you see a child alone in a car, call 911
  • Set a calendar reminder on your electronic device to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare; develop a plan so you will be alerted if your child is late or a no-show.

  ​Technology Can be Part of the Solution

NSC backs efforts to use technology to prevent children from being forgotten in vehicles. Without offering an endorsement of any vehicle or product, NSC ​provides the following information to help parents and guardians protect their most precious cargo:

  • Rear Seat Reminder: If a rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started, or is opened and closed while the vehicle is running, five chimes will sound and a message will display on the instrument panel when the vehicle shuts off to remind the driver to check the rear seat. This technology is available on several 2017 GM vehicles.
  • Car Seat Technology: This technology generates a series of tones activated through a “smart” chest clip and wireless receiver to remind the driver that a child is in the rear seat within two seconds of turning off the vehicle.