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September 24, 2014

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September 24, 2014

I'm proud to be a donor to KKAD25. As a parent with two young children living along a busy residential street where the speed limit is frequently ignored, the simple message of traffic safety, courtesy, and use of common sense for the sake of our children hits home. Tom Everson runs an impressive organization, and I encourage others to join me in supporting KKAD25.
September 12, 2013

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March 13, 2011

I became involved with Tom Everson's group (KKAD 25) after my son's best friend, Kyle Foster, was hit and killed by a teenage driver in front of his house on Halloween, 2003. Tom met in person with a... more

September 12, 2013

I had the privilege of meeting Tom 10 years ago....under the worst of circumstances. My son's best friend was hit and killed in front of his house on Halloween, 2003. He was 10 years old. The speed limit was 30 mph. He stepped out between parked cars and was struck down by a teenager on her way home from school. Witnesses believed she was exceeding the speed limit, but a Grand Jury failed to find her at fault.
After reading an article about Tom's organization in a family magazine, we contacted him for advice on getting the speed limit lowered in our neighborhood. Tom did WAY more than offer advice. He came from Omaha to Mesquite, Texas to speak before our City Council. After that, our House Representative got involved and authored a Bill which was later signed and written into Texas law, making it easier for cities to lower speed limits in areas of need without a costly traffic study. Tom traveled to Austin with us to testify before a House Committee...... I believe that his knowledge and testimony is what convinced our Governor to sign the Bill. After the Bill became a law, our city of Mesquite immediately changed all residential speed limits to 25. I will forever be grateful for his involvement and dedication to his organization and to the families and friends who have suffered such a great loss. I have followed Tom's activities since 2003 and will continue to donate as long as I am able. Keep up the great work KKAD 25!!

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March 13, 2011

I became involved with Tom Everson's group (KKAD 25) after my son's best friend, Kyle Foster, was hit and killed by a teenage driver in front of his house on Halloween, 2003. Tom met in person with a group of us who wanted to get our city to lower the speed limits on residential streets. He was instrumental in providing research data regarding speed limits. He spoke with us in front of our City Council and then travelled with us to speak before a Legislative Committee in Austin, Texas. Within a year's time, a Bill authored by our State Representative, Elvira Reyna, was signed and passed by our governor. The Bill allows cities to by-pass lengthy traffic studies in order to lower speed limits where they see fit. I'm confident that his support was instrumental in changing the residential speed limits here in Mesquite, Texas. I now donate monthly to KKAD25 and smile with a heavy heart every time I see the speed limit signs on our streets. Through Tom, Kyle Foster will never be forgotten. With much gratitude, Susan Lopez

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Our Governor signed and passed a Bill into Texas law allowing cities to by-pass lengthy, expensive traffic studies in order to change speed limits where they see fit.

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I wouldn't change the organization. It has grown beyond my imagination, and I'll continue to be a supporter as long as it operates.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

We learned about KKAD 25 the hard way - the way that no parent wants to find out about an organization. On November 23rd, 2004 our 9 year old son Justin was hit and killed on a road by our house. The speed limit was set at 40 mph through our subdivision. After Justin was killed we read an article in the USA Today about a similar incident in Texas and how an organization called KKAD 25 had helped get the speed limit reduced on that street. We emailed Tom Everson and he called us back the same day. Tom helped us as we took on our city to lower the speed limit in our subdivision. He provided his expertise and his compassion with our situation. With his help we were able to have the street that runs through our subdivision restriped to a 2 lane road with a center turning lane instead of the 4 lane road. He also helped us to get the speed limit reduced to 35mph. We wanted the speed limit reduced to 30mph but this is all that our city was willing to do.

Tom Emerson is an awesome man. He had the insight of such a simple concept-lower the speed limit to 25mph through neighborhoods- and the fortitude to promote this concept and organization with his strong convictions. Tom started this organization after realizing how fast people where driving through subdivisions. He wanted to be proactive about getting his message out to the public. Tom did not start this organization because he lost a child. Tom Everson started this organization to help get this message out- Keep Kids Alive Drive 25- something every driver should remember.

KKAD 25 is a great organization with lots of information and statistics every driver should be aware of. In today's society everyone is always in such a hurry. If only the driver of the car that killed Justin would have been driving 5 mph slower the chances of Justin's survival would have been greatly increased. Please don't let the few seconds you save by speeding be the last 2 seconds of someone's life.

Sincerely,

Gordie, Vicki, Jordan, Justin and Jesse Faust
Lee's Summit, MO

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by petitioning our city council to reduce the speed limit on the street running through our subdivision. With Tom Everson's help, we were able to reduce the speed limit.

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We believe the material and information presented in KKAD 25 should be provided and taught in all Driver's Ed classes.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

As the parents of two small children, my husband and I have made it a priority to support Keep Kids Alive - Drive 25 in their mission. We make it a point to place our signs on our street and alley in hopes that drivers will be more aware of the children playing throughout our neighborhood and their own driving habits. We hope that Keep Kids Alive will be able to continue to provide the tools necessary to prevent traffic deaths and the support needed for those who have lost loved ones so senselessly.

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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

Teachers' Insurance Plan of NJ is proud to sponsor and partner with Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. The organization's dedication to reducing speeding and making communities safer is amazing. Whether it's through local event sponsorships, printed materials or financial support, Teachers' Insurance is thrilled to support Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. We share their belief in the importance of helping communities become safer by reducing driving speeds and greatly appreciate the work and effort Tom dedicates to this cause.

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February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

Keep Kids alive is one of our favorite nonprofits to support. Under the great leadership of Tom Everson they are making a difference at the grassroots level. It just goes to show that hard work can offset small budgets. I highly recommend this group to anyone interesting in supporting.

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The awareness they have made on this crucial issue.

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Give them more funding.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I became aware of KKAD after my grandson Shaye, was killed on his way to school, by a careless driver. KKAD has been instrumental in efforts to change speed limits entering into, and leaving school zones in the state where he lived, thereby making streets safer for children. The organization has also provided support and a listening ear for my son, and helped him to move forward in a positive way after losing his son. I can't say enough about how grateful I am for this organization and the work they do.

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Support for my family

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February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

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.

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

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

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.

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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.

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

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

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!

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