This is a guest post by Lindsay Kavet
Hello Burbank Parents! I don’t actually live in Burbank, but I do live in LA and love our weather…It blows my mind that our kids can play outside nearly every single day of the year!
However, I have become very frustrated with my own community’s lack of sidewalks, high speed limits and speeding humans. I know that most of Burbank has sidewalks, and how lucky you are, but I also know that a few Burbank moms I have talked to complain that people are driving too fast through residential neighborhoods.
I started a site called Fix The Toaster because I believe that if another modern invention, say the toaster, was killing roughly 30,000 Americans (not to count the global loss) each year I think we’d un-plug it and say, Fix The Toaster!
Here are some facts from one of my favorite sites the promotes safer driving:
- On average, over 93 deaths occur each day from speeding vehicles. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- 500 children under 14 years-old were killed while walking in what should be their safe haven – their neighborhood. (NHTSA)
- Each year over 4,000 sons, daughters, mothers & fathers were killed while walking in neighborhoods or crossing streets. (NHTSA)
- Each year 2.5 million people are injured in motor vehicle incidents. (NHTSA)
- The death rate on residential streets is over twice that of
highways – measured per miles driven. (NHTSA)
- Speeding Triples the Odds of Crashing. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)
- A pedestrian hit in a 30 mph speed zone is 3 times more likely to die than one hit in a 25 mph zone. (General Estimates Database of Police Reported Accidents-NHTSA)
Car crashes are the number one cause of death to young people. So, fed up with having to resort to yelling obscenities at passing moms as they sped past me while walking my son to school, I began to organize a community meeting. I typed up a letter and simply dropped it in 70 mailboxes while out for a walk.
My PTA president also included the meeting information on a school email.
6 people showed.
But that was bettter then the 1 that showed last Summer at my first meeting. The best part was that one of the people was a reporter for the local news so the meeting got a great write up in the paper and more people have emailed me wanting to come to a meeting.
I’m telling you what I’m doing so that you too can make this happen.
I bought 6 signs from Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 and sold some to people who came to the meeting. Signs actually have proven to be effective.
Did you know that Los Angeles holds the title of city with the greatest number of hit and runs in the country? Yes, it’s true and awful.
Here we are in gorgeous SoCal and it’s very dangerous to let our kids go out and bike and walk. Just recently in Burbank a woman was caught after a DUI hit and run.
I’d be interested in hearing if you feel like your neighborhood is safe for walking and biking?
If you feel like it isn’t, take action, hopefully I’ve given you a bit of information to get you going. Car crashes are mostly avoidable and we as parents need to make some big changes fast to change our sad statistics.