Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

Rating: 4.87 stars   61 reviews

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Location: 12418 C St Omaha NE 68144 USA

Mission: The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® is to make streets safer for all who walk, ride, play, and drive. Doing so preserves lives and relationships.
Results: Over 1500 communities have initiated a Keep Kids Alive campaign. These represent 49 U.S. States, 3 Canadian Provinces, the Bahamas, and Queensland State, Australia. Oceanside, CA saw a 16% decrease (6 mph) in average speeds when implementing a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 yard sign campaign. As the first community to initiate "America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive," Oro Valley, AZ realized a 13.5% decrease in average speeds on neighborhood streets - 24.5 mph on average.
Target demographics: Residents of every neighborhood in the U.S., and when possible, beyond.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Geographic areas served: United States, as well as communities across the globe.
Programs: Consultation and Presentations to Community/Neighborhood Groups, Schools, Businesses, and Municipal Leaders on developing comprehensive neighborhood traffic safety education campaigns that include: America's Trash Talks to Keep Kids Alive Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Stop! Take 3 To See Seat Belts-FASTENATING! It's Not A Race! Create Space Be Aware! Drive With Care No Need To Speed Check Your Speed A License to Live - An in-school safe-driving education and marketing campaign that is student driven. Parenting at the Speed of Life Annual "Run to Remember" as part of the Pikes Peak Ascent Trail Race in honor of loved ones who have died in traffic incidents.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We have the KKAD 25 signs in our neighborhood. I think they really help. We have so many children on our street and anything that can be done to help keep them safe is a good thing. I know it always makes me check my speedometer when I see the signs in any area. There may be other programs like KKAD 25 but the dedication of these people is obvious as I have seen the signs in areas all over Omaha. They have worked to spread the movement across the United States and it's working. Thank you KKAD 25 for your tireless efforts to protect our most beloved and valuable treasure - our children.

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My neighborhood actively posts the signage.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no suggestions for change. I think they are doing an awesome job!

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Rating: 3 stars  

My wife and I became aware of KKAD25 after our daughter Shannon was killed in an automobile/bicycle accident in front of our house in June 2001. While speed was not considered a factor in the accident, driver inattention was surely a cause. It was an inexperienced 7 year old bike rider (fresh off of training wheels) and an inexperienced 17 year old car driver, unaware of his surroundings as he drove through the neighborhood. We met Tom Everson at our church and his desire to help prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again was evident. He really wanted to help. Through our conversations with Tom over the next year and a half, we were convinced this was a worthwhile organization that we should be involved. We joined the original Board of Directors when KKAD25 became a non-profit.

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We have personally placed KKAD25 signs in our yard and stickers on our trash cans. These are constant reminders to those who drive through our neighborhood, to slow down. I believe these reminders work. KKAD25 provides educational material and offers start-up kits to communities as they come on board. Through the promotion of KKAD25 "Run to Remember" Tom and others run the Pikes Peak Accent, with our children’s names on their shirts. It gives us a feeling that our children are making a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Our dream is for a corporate sponsor to come on board to provide the financial backing to help sustain the KKAD25 organization. Tom has done an excellent job of getting the message out, as can be see by the 1,200 communities that are utilizing KKAD25 information. However, as with all non-profits, it can only provide so much on limited funds. Selling signs and fundraisers alone are not enough. We hope with a corporate sponsor, KKAD25 will be the force behind neighborhood safe driving.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 has been an vital component of our Safe Routes to Schools initiative here in Ridgewood,, NJ. It has worked to educate and engage residents in playing a necessary role in helping to create safe roadways along which children walk and ride each day. Keep Kids Alive has also worked to engage high school students who have created YouTube public safety messages to get the word out in the community.

Tom Everson, founder and executive director of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, has been instrumental in providing support resources to assist with our campaign - even making an on-site visit to meet with community leaders and residents.

In short, Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 has given us the tools necessary to mobilize in making a difference in creating safer roadways to benefit all motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists in our town.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witnessed motorists slow down when they see the Drive 25 signs!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I would change about this organization is to make it bigger!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an insurance agent in Colorado Springs, CO. I give the yard signs to my clients and ask them to post them in their yards. It's a great way to help get the word out in the community that we want our streets to be safe. I've experienced far too many senseless deaths and inuries in my 20 year career. Tom is a wonderful resource as well. Oh, and I have run the Run to Remember every year up Pikes Peak. That is also a blast.

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I use the signs and garbage can decals at my house. I distribute the signs and decals from my agency. And I participate with Tom in the Run to Remember up Pikes Peak each year to help spread awareness of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to get large insurance companies to donate more money to help sponsor events that raise money and awareness of the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our oganization is a recent donor to Keep Kids Alive and our brief relationship with its Director, Tom Everson, has been nothing but positive. His energy, attitude, knowledge, and belief in the cause are a few of the reasons we support Keep Kids Alive. In addition to this, we simply believe in the Keep Kids Alive mission. There needs to be a change in the behavior with regard to acceptable traffic habits inside neighborhoods. The accidents and speeds at which people drive in these areas has become a silent epidemic that is simply swept under the rug as an "accident." We need to change this way of thinking, and Keep Kids Alive is without question an excellent springboard to achieve same.

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Our staff has become more sensitive to an issue that we knew existed; however, were unable to realize the full gravity of the problem until we visited the Keep Kids Alive site and viewed the personal stories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I truly can't think of a 'change.' But I do hope many more folks become involved to help support a tremendous charitable group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After my daughter was killed in an auto accident mainly due to speed, I happened to find a drive 25 sign in a near community, I went to the web site and ordered a sign for myself and was taken when I recieved a call from Tom , giving me support and asking how my family was doing.. Unbelievable organization , incredibly compassiate ,in a world where no one takes time, Tom did.....Thats speaks for itself !!!

Kim Smith
Ashley's Mom

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many ask about the car magnets and signs and thank me for reminding them to slow down

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wouldnt change anything would love to help more get the word and message out ! NO NEED TO SPEED !!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 seeks to educate drivers on the importance of safe driving practices on our roadways with an ultimate goal of eliminating all traffic-related deaths. Tom Everson works tirelessly to reach out to neighborhoods and cities all over the country to help them combat unsafe driving practices in their communities. As a donor to KKAD25, I know our money is going directly to help reduce traffic fatalities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the traffic flow in front of my house slow down after putting out our yard sign; as a board member, hearing the countless stories of communities who have benefited from the help of KKAD25.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the staff to enable Tom to spend more time reaching out to new communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As HOA president, I was always looking for ways to remind drivers to slow down, obey stop signs and be more alert. No one wanted more speed humps... and other "traffic calming" devices were pretty expense. Our city Traffic Manager suggested I look into KKAD25, so I did.
Tom Everson, the founder of KKAD25, was very helpful in explaining the program and made a number of suggestions on what would work best in our particular situation. We invested in Yard Signs, Waste Can Stickers and Entrance Signs.
We were the first neighborhood in our city to use the KKAD25 program. Since then, the City Council and Police Department have adopted the program and a number of neighborhoods have invested in KKAD25.
We have found that the variety in size, location and messages of the signs creates passive reminders that people really notice. And the nice part is... no training, no fees, no minimum investment. You can do as much or as little as your neighborhood wishes.
In our case, our waste management company paid for the entrance signs as a community service and the city installed them at no charge!
A great traffic calming program!

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I began receiving calls from friends and other HOA reps about the signs we had just installed throughout our neighborhood. They liked them and wanted to know more.

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I like the way Mr. Everson has kept this program very personal. I feel that I could call him at any time if I had a question or concern.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

KKAD25 is an outstanding organization. Tom Everson has made it his life's work to educate citizens about pedestrian safety. In a world where everyone is moving full speed, KKAD25 reminds us that taking the time to slow down and be aware of our surroundings when driving may be the difference between life and death. I believe that every local, county and state government agency should embrace KKAD25. At a time when police budgets are being cut and there is not enough manpower to effectively patrol and enforce speed limits, KKAD25 empowers local citizens to stand up and make a difference in their community. I am proud to be associated with KKAD25 and Tom Everson. Thank you for all of your efforts. Keep up the good work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally witnessed the impact KKAD25 can make in a community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more people involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

KKAD25 has been in the Colorado Springs area for over 10 years and has been very well recieved by our citizens! In fact, the city was able to use the logo/slogan and signage as the offical neighborhood speed reduction campaign eight years ago when all neighborhood speeds were reduced to 25 mph. The organization has been very responsive to the needs of our city and I have been impressed by the innovative approaches that KKAD25 has taken to stay on top of current issues.

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Yes

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no changes

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