Sunday, 21 January 2018
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
Improving Safety Can Help Put The Brakes On Fatalities
10/11/2017
 

Thousands of teens die in car crashes every year in the U.S. NHRA drag race legend Doug Herbert knows this all too well.

“This statistic became a reality for me in January of 2008 when my two boys, Jon and James, ages 17 and 12, were killed in a car crash,” Herbert said.

Thunder Ridge High School teacher Denise Miller experienced a similar tragedy when she lost her daughter in 2015.

“Nothing prepares you for standing at the edge of a field, held back by rescue workers, as you scream, cry, react,” Miller said. “That realization that comes over you when you comprehend they are doing nothing to free your precious baby from her vehicle. Because there is nothing that can be done. It’s already too late.”

Herbert and Miller were joined by Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson, Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Don Hughes and recent Kansas State University graduate Logan O’Dea at the annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day news conference at the Capitol today. The campaign strives to decrease traffic fatalities.

Students from Topeka and surrounding areas, as well as other transportation safety partners and law enforcement officials, attended the event.

Logan O’Dea of Topeka shared how important wearing his seat belt was when driving while it was raining and he hit standing water.

“I was wearing my seat belt. If I hadn’t been, my body would have been with the back-window glass they found flung 50 feet away from the car,” he said.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Last year, 429 people were killed in traffic crashes across Kansas, and 76 of them were teenagers.

Organizations that work together on the annual safety campaign with KDOT include the Kansas Turnpike Authority, Kansas Highway Patrol, AAA of Kansas, Kansas Contractors Association, Kansas Family Partnership, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers.

For more information on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, visit the KDOT website.

You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Atchison gunshots send three to jail
Stolen truck sends two to jail
New T.V. series features B.C. grad
Two injured in Brown Co rollover
Theft turned pursuit jails one
KDOT recommends change at Hiawatha intersection
One injured in Atchison Co weather-related crash
Rural Seneca residence burglarized
Kitchen fire brings firefighter response Thursday
New scam reported locally
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Police Chief of Valley Falls out of a job
Avoiding Some Current Fads
Auxin Training Offered as Part of Area Agronomy Meeting
Of All the Crazy Things!
Brown County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results
USDA Update
Future of Hiawatha police, fire facilities examined
Meal program prices increase in Doniphan Co
Costly theft under investigation
KDOT recommends change at Hiawatha intersection
Click Here For All Stories

©2018 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report


Powered by Radio Media Group