Friday, September 9, 2016

Get involved and put the brakes on fatalities

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is a national safety campaign that started in Kansas by KDOT retiree Larry Emig in 2001. As part of this effort, numerous organizations work together each year on several efforts to raise traffic safety awareness.

Activities that people can get involved in include:

Thunderclap social media effort that anyone with a Facebook or Twitter page can participate in. Thunderclap is a social media platform that just sends a one-time message to your followers about Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day. It doesn’t put you on any mailing list or anything, one post on Oct. 10 is the only post you receive.
The message it will send is simple - “Let’s work together to improve safety on our roadways across the U.S. and put the brakes on fatalities.” But by sharing on your social media pages, that gives your followers the chance to share it with their followers, and so on. We reached more than 800,000 people last year and hope to get that safety message to even more people this year.
To sign up through Facebook or Twitter, go to  

Poster/Video Contest:
A poster contest for Kansas kids ages 5-13 and a video contest for Kansas kids in grades 8-12 are under way. The poster contest deadline is Sept. 23 and the video contest deadline is Sept. 25. More information on these contests and how to enter can be found here.

Blog Series:
A 20-day series of blogs written by people from across the state begins next Tuesday. Some of these are heartwarming stories, and some of these are stories about tragedies. But they all show why traffic safety is so important. The blog series can be seen here.

Thanks for sharing these activities with others, working together we can help to put the brakes on fatalities.

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