School Safety Spotlight
RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
Crisis Planning and Preparedness: Run, Hide, Fight
While violent intruders in schools are extremely rare, Wichita Public Schools is implementing new training for staff about what to do if a violent intruder enters their school. The Run, Hide, Fight Intruder Response plan is being taught to teachers and staff with the support of the Safety Services Department.
Safe Teen Drivers
The most dangerous time of your teen's life
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. In fact, more teens die in car crashes than from suicides and homicides combined. Fortunately, teen crashes are preventable, and parents play a significant role in ensuring these crashes are a thing of the past.
Here are a few things many parents don't know about teen driving:
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Safety Council, The Allstate Foundation, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Don't TEXT and DRIVE
Nearly 500,000 young adults each year are injured due to various forms of distracted driving, including texting, mobile instant messaging, updating social media platforms, sending photos, etc. It's a habit deadlier than drunk driving. We live in a constantly connected world where multitasking is second nature and communicating is instant. Coupled with this compulsion, teens and young adults are overly confident in their ability to 'safely' text while driving.
Fact #1 - Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
Fact #2 - A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver. (2009, VTTI)
Fact #3 - Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes.) (NHTSA)
For more information, visit www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org