“Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” – What a Great Idea

I was driving my dogs to a park last week. I often choose a trail as it is not easy to walk along our neighborhood roads. Cars driving too fast, distracted drivers- I just feel safer. To drivers my five dogs and I may seem like a road hazard as well. So for our mutual benefit I hit the trails and parks. My (human) kids are grown but the same concerns should hold true for all parents- often our roadsRoad Signs are simply not a safe place.

So I was driving to the trail when I saw the above sign, reminding me to “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here.” I checked my speed- doing good- simple and effective. It beats the way I often react to offensive drivers when I do walk the roads. I usually indicate with my favorite finger that they are number one.

These signs are not an angry reaction to an individual driver- they are a constant and permanent reminder. They are just a simple and good idea. The makers of this sign have a website where we are reminded about the hazards to pedestrians, to the young and old alike. Their slogan is, “Promoting Child Safety In Our Neighborhoods, Post a Sign, Save a Life.” They sell signs and hats and bumper stickers. It’s a message worth getting out- we don’t need to speed on residential roads-the risk is too high. It’s pure American Grassroots messaging and caring.

In that spirit I challenge all our readers to submit other local, not famous, grassroots programs. Let’s spread the word.

Live Well, Live Safe- Jim

About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to PediatricSafety.net more than 13 years ago.

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