20 Baton Rouge Children Leave Spook-a-Rama Safer than When They Arrived

Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check
Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check

Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check

At this weekend’s safety event at Gerry Lane, we were able to help 20 children leave safer than when they arrived! We were also able to educate teens about the importance of safe driving…all while having a spook-tacular time!

“Events such as the Safety Spook-a-Rama held at Gerry Lane are so important because, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of permanent injury and fatalities in teens,” explained Crystal Pichon, Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids.

Also displayed at the event: The Lexlee’s Kids Ready, Set, DRIVE! program – designed for teen drivers to learn the negative effects of distracted driving and underage drinking.

A young driver is experiencing driving while using impaired "intoxication" goggles to learn dangers of driving under influence.

This teen is experiencing driving while using impaired “intoxication” goggles to learn dangers of driving under the influence.

“Coupling our young driver safety program with State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive campaign is an excellent way to encourage teens to make safe choices when they are behind the wheel,” added Pichon.

So why does Lexlee’s Kids put such a big focus on these car seat check events?

Because statistics show that 9 out 10 car seats are installed incorrectly in Louisiana – and we want to reduce that number.

“Every car seat we checked on Saturday needed corrections or to be completely replaced because of expiration, recalls, or incorrect fit,” explained Lexlee Overton, Injury Attorney and Founder of Lexlee’s Kids.

A child safety seat set up in a 2014 Chevy Impala to show proper seat installation. Remember, parents, infants must be rear-facing!

A child safety seat set up in a 2014 Chevy Impala to show proper seat installation. Remember, parents, infants must be rear-facing!

“We know it’s a scary statistic, but one definitely worth repeating: automobile collisions remain the leading cause of unintentional death for children,” Overton reminded.

It’s all about saving lives, and thanks to our sponsors Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Gerry Lane  and State Farm Insurance, our program is able to make a difference in the community!

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Ditch the Distractions!

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The math is simple…TXT + DRV = RIP! In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Is this enough to get you to say TTYL…I’m Driving!?!?

Three Types of Distractions:

  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
  • Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
  • Cognitive: Taking your mind off driving

It’s not just one type of distraction that’s causing crashes, there are three types and many sub-distractions under each type! It takes all three (hands, eyes and mind) to be a safe driver!

Top 10 Driving Distractions:

          1. Cell Phone

          2. Eating

          3. Changing the Radio

          4. Retrieving

          5. Lighting a Cigarette

          6. Conversation

          7. Grooming

          8. Billboards

          9. Rubber-Necking

          10. Waving to others outside of the vehicle

Be aware of the things that can be tempting while driving, and come up with ways to make sure you don’t give in to the temptation. DNT WRECK your life!

If you have questions or comments about distracted driving and/or Ready, Set, DRIVE!, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

*Lexlee’s Kids’ Ready, Set, DRIVE! program is designed for teen drivers to learn the negative effects of distracted driving and underage drinking, while coming up with ways to promote positive behavior change in teen drivers. This unique, fun and educational program offers a driving simulator and a number of other interactive activities to engage all learning styles.

Lexlee’s Kids Ready, Set, DRIVE! Program Sponsored by: Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and State Farm Insurance.

Drive to Safety!

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What are a few things one can witness when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle!  Keys jingling? Phones ring-ring-ring? Drivers chattering? It’s very easy to become distracted while driving, but you must put measures in place to prevent being included in the distracted driver statistic.  Don’t let distracted driving SHATTER your life! Save the talking and texting for later…Ready, Set…Let’s DRIVE!

Teens:

All right roadrunners, so you’re ready to drive, huh? With driving, comes a lot of responsibility…mainly your life and the lives of others. Give the parentals a break; they are more frightened than you are excited!

  1. Safety, Safety and more Safety: seatbelts, no phones, no distractions, no alcohol, no speeding! Glad we could get that out of the way quickly…
  2. Focus on the Road Ahead: Pay attention to the task at hand…DRIVING, and arriving SAFELY.
  3. Lead the Way: Get involved in promoting safe driving among your peers! Create solutions, host events and fun activities to celebrate safe driving. Make a pledge and commit to being a safe, distraction-free driver. Fill out a pledge form and keep a copy at home, in your locker, in your car as a reminder. Make your parents fill one out too!
  4. Speak Up: Don’t only be a great driver – be a great passenger! Make sure you are not the distraction and call your friends out, even your parents, if they are distracted while driving. Hey, it’s only your life you are speaking up for!

Parents:

That little plastic card is the cause of many restless days and sleepless nights. Here are some turn-by-turn directions to help get you through.

  1. Clear Sky’s Ahead: Set clear and simple rules for your teen driver. Make sure you are following those safety rules too! Seatbelts, no phones, no distractions, no alcohol, no speeding!
  2. Lead the Way: Let them drive! Day, night, rain, sun, fog, traffic, straight roads, curvy roads…LET THEM DRIVE! Play an active role in your teen gaining the experience needed to be a great driver! Without experience, they cannot be good drivers. And again…set a good example, make sure you are following the same safety rules you expect your teen to follow!
  3. Safety, not Control: Make sure your teen knows that the rules are about safety, not controlling their life. As skills develop and they become more responsible, rewards and new privileges may be in order.
  4. Can you Hear it: Listen to their concerns and be responsive.

Let’s take a stand, get the phone out of your hand!

If you have questions or comments about distracted driving and/or Ready, Set, DRIVE!, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

*Lexlee’s Kids’ Ready, Set, DRIVE! program is designed for teen drivers to learn the negative effects of distracted driving and underage drinking, while coming up with ways to promote positive behavior change in teen drivers. This unique, fun and educational program offers a driving simulator and a number of other interactive activities to engage all learning styles.

Lexlee’s Kids Ready, Set, DRIVE! Program Sponsored by: Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and State Farm Insurance.

Ready, Set, DRIVE!

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Drop the distractions! Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of permanent injury and fatalities in teens. Young drivers, ages 15-20 years old are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways with traffic crashes being the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Why???

  • Distractions/maturity/attention span: Distractions, cell phones in particular, are a huge problem for all driving ages. Teens are clearly not the only culprit when it comes to distracted driving.
  • Inexperience: A teen getting their license is a scary time for parents. Remember, not letting them drive will not help them become a better driver! Help lead them down the road to safety!
  • Inability to ID hazards: This will improve with experience.
  • Invincible nature: Often time’s teens see traffic crashes happen to others and do not associate that with…this could happen to me. We have to get them to realize the dangers, but not scare them to death during the process! Teens are often times the best ones to come up with solutions to the distracted driving problem among their peers.
  • Alcohol: Not all teens drink, more teens don’t drink! Helping them realize negative consequences of alcohol and worse, driving while intoxicated is key! Teens must have an understanding that making safe and wise decisions is difficult when adding alcohol to the equation; not to mention the negative long-term effects that come along with excessive alcohol use.  
  • Seat belts: Not only does a seat belt keep you in the vehicle, it stops you from hitting other passengers in the vehicle. It’s the law and increases your survival rate by 70% if involved in a crash. Down the street or cross country, buckle up EVERY trip EVERY time!

Bet you didn’t know that texting while driving is like being blind for 5 seconds? OPEN YOUR EYES to the dangers of distracted driving!

If you have questions or comments about distracted driving and/or Ready, Set, DRIVE!, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

*Lexlee’s Kids’ Ready, Set, DRIVE! program is designed for teen drivers to learn the negative effects of distracted driving and underage drinking, while coming up with ways to promote positive behavior change in teen drivers. This unique, fun and educational program offers a driving simulator and a number of other interactive activities to engage all learning styles.

Lexlee’s Kids Ready, Set, DRIVE! Program Sponsored by: Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and State Farm Insurance.

5 Deadliest Days of Summer for Teen Drivers!

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More teens die in fatal crashes on average from Memorial Day to Labor Day than during the remainder of the year.

1. July 4th
2. June 10th
3. August 14th
4. August 8th
5. July 9th
Why do you think these days make the top 5? What can we do to stop the kind of fun that kills?  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety.  If you have questions about our Ready, Set, DRIVE! teen driver safety program, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.