Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, a nationwide non-profit focused on preventing child deaths in car accidents, will spread its message throughout Colorado on Tuesday, May 1. The non-profit Drive Smart Colorado Springs is coordinating the implementation of the program in the Colorado Springs area. The main goal of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Day is to reduce speeding in neighborhoods, thereby preventing child injuries and accidents.
Accidental injuries (which include auto accidents) are the number one killer of children in America, and injuries from car accidents are the biggest contributor. Over 4,500 children died from motor vehicle accidents in 2009.
Here are some things you can do to help prevent child injuries on Tuesday and throughout the rest of the year:
- Slow Down
Drivers who speed through neighborhood streets are 30 percent third more likely to crash into something or someone, according to AAA. Obey the speed limit signs and keep a watchful eye, especially around school zones.
- Keep Your Distance
There were 1.8 million rear-end collisions in 2006. Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 suggests a three second rule to keep from running into the car in front of you. Pick a stationary object on the side of the road. When the car in front of you passes it, slowly count to three (“One one thousand, two one thousand…”). If you pass it before you get to three one thousand, you are probably following too close. The extra minute or two you save by following close behind another car is not worth a life.
- Enforce Seatbelts
Should be a no-brainer, but 64 percent of car accident fatality victims aged 13 to 15 were not wearing seat belts. According to Colorado seatbelt laws, seatbelts are mandatory for the driver and front passenger. If a child is in the car, however, make sure they buckle up no matter what seat he or she is in.
By taking extra precautions in your neighborhood, you can do your part to keep kids alive this year. While car accident fatalities have gone down this past decade, they are still far too high. Drive slowly and carefully to save a life.
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