Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25

Neighborhood Speeding Puts Us All at Risk
Running late, you drive through the neighborhood a few miles above the speed limit. Does it matter?  Yes, it does.... If a child runs out in front of you when you are driving 25 miles per hour, you slam on the brakes, the child crosses the street, and life goes on.

However, if you are traveling even a few miles over the 25 miles per hour speed limit, you can't stop quickly and the scenario can be devastating.

Neighborhood speeding puts not only children, but everyone at risk-- your children and grand children, brothers and sisters, parents, neighbors, friends and even pets.

That's why a group of concerned area residents are bringing Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 to the Centre Region. In this safety campaign we join communities in 32 other states to heighten awareness and increase compliance with safe residential speeds. We're dedicated to reminding drivers to slow down to 25 miles per hour to keep our neighborhoods safe.

What Can You Do?
Slow down! It is the number one thing we all must do. Driving 25 miles per hour in residential neighborhoods is the law, and the more slowly you drive, the more quickly you can react when a child unexpectedly dashes into the street.

Place a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 bumper sticker on your car, decal on your recycling bin, sign in your yard to remind all drivers to drive safely. Yard signs particularly serve as a gentle reminder to drivers to slow down.

Talk to your young children, set ground rules about safe places to play in your neighborhood, and establish how and where to safely cross the street. Also remind them never to run into the street after a ball or other toy.

Talk to your teens not only about their driving, but about their friends' driving as well. Emphasize the importance of obeying residential speed limits.

Talk to your neighbors about Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 of the Centre Region. Neighborhood awareness increases neighborhood safety.

Use main roads whenever possible, avoiding neighborhood short cuts that endanger children and others.

For more information or to support this local effort, contact Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 at the Centre Region, P.O. Box 10330, State College, PA 16805-0330 or email

 Facts About Speeding

  • Most speeders in residential areas are the people who live there. Are you one of them?
  • Speeding in residential neighborhoods is the single greatest complaint received by police departments in the Centre Region.
  • Centre Region drivers frequently are cited traveling in excess of 40 and 50 miles per hour in 25 miles per hour residential zones.
  • More than 5000 speeding related tickets are issued in the Centre Region each year--and all police departments say they could issue double that number and more each year.
  • Nationally every 7 minutes a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle accident (National Highway Safety Administration).

Driving at slower speeds increases your changes of seeing a hazard and being able to stop your vehicle safely.

Learn more about this national program at

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