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Keeping Those Young Ghosts and Goblins Safe

October 27, 2010

The weather is finally starting to cool here in Memphis, and the decorations and pumpkins popping up in yards around the Mid-South are a telltale sign that Halloween festivities are here. As program advisor for the FedEx-sponsored Safe Kids Walk This Way program, I’ve been busy working with Safe Kids USA to educate parents and drivers on how to prepare for Halloween beyond the candy and cute costumes. This blog, http://safekidsusa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/parents-and-drivers-can-help, was originally featured on the Safe Kids website and gives some practical advice to parents and drivers to ensure that everyone has a happy and safe Halloween.

I also recently connected with Dennis Roche, Vice President of Human Resources at FedEx, on the topic of Halloween safety. Dennis oversees the FedEx safety team — he also remembers the precautions his family would take when his sons would go trick-or-treating. Dennis reinforced drivers’ responsibility during Halloween (and every day) when it comes to pedestrian safety, especially for children. Dennis reminds drivers to slow down in residential areas and be extra alert as children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways. If drivers take their time, turn on their full headlights, and reduce any distractions in their car such as talking or texting on the phone (or reaching in that bag of candy), it can make a real difference in keeping Halloween safe and fun for everyone.

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities.  Every day, more than 75,000 FedEx vehicles are on the road, sharing the streets with pedestrians, fueling the company’s dedication to pedestrian safety and sharing the lessons of safe driving that FedEx has learned over the past 35 years.  Over the past 11 years, the program has expanded to include Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where it has educated more than 4 million children.

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