Thursday, June 2, 2011

My kids' safety...and yours too.

This post is NOT sponsored... no one suggested that I write this, but this is something I feel strongly about. 

I live in a very small town, I live "in-town" on a very quiet street. However, my street often has cars drive down it at record speeds. Why, I don't know, considering it is only ONE block long...since it has stop signs at both ends of the block. These speeders really upset me because my children play out there! Now, I don't promote my children just playing in the road, but they do have bikes and have recently learned to ride them on their own. They aren't perfect at it yet, but they know when a car comes they get into the grass. However, it is my fear that my children will be riding and a car will come speeding down the road and something terrible will happen.

Anyhow, I found a website which is hoping to save some children's lives. 

They are hoping to get signs like this,

Put up in residential neighborhoods around the country.


Approximately 70% of all children killed or injured by motor vehicles are struck within blocks from their own homes.

Speeding is the most common traffic rule violation and contributes to motor vehicle accidents every single day.

Seventy-four percent of the pedestrian fatalities among the 14-and-younger age group occurred at non-intersection locations

A total of 630 pedal cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. The 14-and-younger age group accounted for 12% (74) of those fatalities.

In 2009, an estimated 51,000 pedal cyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Seventeen percent 

(or an estimated 8,000) of the pedal cyclists who were injured were age 14 and younger.

Scary, huh. 

I know even I need a reminder to be more aware. I am not a perfect driver, and while I try to be as safe as possible, I know that this sign could help remind me to slow down and pay attention. 

You can find items with "Drive like your kids live here" to purchase here.

1 fantastic comments:

Darcy said...

I have become more aware of my driving and the recklessness of others since having my baby. There's no need to drive crazy especially in a residential area.

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