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Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Automotive Safety, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Disaster Aid, Health, Public Health

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 1700 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: Millions in communities throughout the U.S.

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.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive is a wonderful non-profit and I believe has really made a difference in the Omaha community. It's a simple reminder to the community to slow it down in our neighborhoods, especially where kids are present. -Sgt. Erin Payne, Omaha Police Department

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 program has been extremely well received in the community of New Berlin WI for many years. Our citizens have embraced this program with yard signs each year. We have also used permanent street Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 signs in some of the major problem areas. As with most communities, speeding in subdivisions remains a constant problem. The signs build an awareness that neighbors are concerned and want the violators to be aware of the danger and to slow down. We also run radar sets in numerous neighborhoods in conjunction with the signs. Tom Everson has been terrific to work with and his sincere concern to remind drivers to slow down is evident when you speak with him. We appreciate all he has done for our community.

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Donor

Rating: 4

KKA has demonstrated to be an organization dedicated to its mission of educating communties to prevent accidents due to speeding in residential areas. We value their partnership.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started a Chapter in Maywood NJ, Bergen county many years ago, in memory of my Brother who was a Police Officer in Tuckerton NJ.

As a community we were able to put the KKAD25 Trash can stickers on all the recyclable cans in town. And we were able to purchase the Large signs to go around town as well. I just wanted to make the streets a bit safer.

About 5 months into starting this, as a family we went to an event down the street from my home. When we walked home my then 4 year old decided to break away from my hand and run into the street to go to our home. We were literally across the street from my house. An SUV was driving up the street a supporter of KKAD25 and her husband was able to stop the vehicle within inches of my son's body.

I was a supporter before but that day I turned into a BELIEVER. Awareness, suttle reminders, all of this truly helps! It SAVED my son's life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Keep Kids Alive - Drive 25 a few years ago from a friend of mine in our home town of Forked River, New Jersey. The concept that Tom has put forth sold me on the organization immediately. There's only so much that the police and public saftey personnel can do to make sure our children and our future is protected, but by having the reminders of driving safely when children are around spread around town (via Lawn signs, garbage can stickers, etc.) reinforces the goal in "real time" and redundantly. Every time we have had signs available for folks in town, they've gone faster than hotcakes. I can't tell you how many times complete strangers have stopped me in front of my house to ask where I got my lawn sign. I'd like to see more events around Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey like the 5K I participated in in Colts Neck two years ago. KKAD25 is an organization that not only strives to keep our children safe, but also strengthens the feeling of "Community" within your town at the same time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am very pleased to write about Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. This program has been going strong in Edison Township, NJ for about 5 years. During which time we have focused on residential neighborhoods primarily in close proximity to schools, public buildings and parks. Our goal has been to reduce speeds of vehicles and hopefully prevent a horrific accident. Our program has ben multi-faceted, we utilize: signage along the roads, placement of a speed trailer to remind drivers of their speeds, we go door-to-door handing out literature and encouraging resident participation in the program, and finally we add additonal traffic units to run radar enforcement in the neighborhood. SPEEDS HAVE BEEN REDUCED! I would also like to thank Tom Everson and KKAD25 for their updates and assistance whenever needed. I encourage other towns to get involved to protect our most important resource, our children.

Very truly yours,
Sgt. Robert Dudash Jr.
Edison Police Department

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Members of the Norfolk Panther JOOI Clubs have implemented KKAD25 in our community. We have heard countless stories about speeding and wreckless driving in residential areas where our children play. Through implementation of the program, residents feel they are making a difference and report that drivers do take notice of the yard signs. With support from KKAD25, we organized a "walk" to call attention to problems related to driving too fast where children play. We have worked with Norfolk PD, who appreciate this program for what it does to make Norfolk streets safer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Tom for many years, since the inception of his dream of the program. We have worked together in Keeping Kids Alive thru our Neighborhood Watch programs and Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade school initiatives. His dedication to the safety of our children is unyielding and his education program is one of the best. His community involvement has made a tremendous different in the life of man.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 provides information and SOLUTIONS for communities trying to keep kids safe. This is an outstanding organization that is dedicated to helping to make the world a safer place.

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