Grasshopper and Sensei
turned 15-years-old recently which means my husband is going to start taking her to empty parking lots to learn to drive. She’s had some driving experience in golf carts and via Mario video driving games; enough for us to realize that she’s a cautious driver but needs to learn how to take corners.
My ninety-two-old mother in California is on the other end of the driving spectrum. She just stopped driving completely. She had tailed back by not driving at night or on highways a few years ago but now she’s done driving, relying on friends, my sister and Über instead.
Both new drivers and elderly drivers need to be especially diligent about road safety, but it is something for us all to be mindful about. More than 500 children die every day in traffic crashes around the world and thousands are injured.
How can we play a part to reduce this tragedy? Today, I’m asking teachers and parents to sign the Child Declaration and create your own #Safie to share on social media.
Change starts with a single person. I just signed the Child Declaration
and hope you will join me and sign as well.
By signing the Declaration you are helping to:
- call for action to stop the growing number of road deaths worldwide
- ask decision makers to save kids’ lives by putting road safety in place
- support the movement for road safety led by children around the world
This Declaration is a call for action to mark UN Global Road Safety Week in May 2015. It also urges world leaders to include a target to halve road traffic fatalities globally in the Post-2015 Development Goals, so that kids everywhere can be kept safe. Read more.
Make a #Safie
My #Safie is also my New Year’s resolution and it’s to stop running yellow lights. Usually I’m rushing to get my kids somewhere so I’m trying to leave a little earlier and brake for yellow lights. It’s not an easy habit to break but I’m working on it!
Take the pledge here!
How about you? Will you make a #Safie too? It’s easy:
- Download a sign here.
- Write your #Safie
- Share on Facebook and Twitter!
Thanks for joining me in making kids safer!
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