Put The Brakes On Child Danger

Thursday, May 1st 2008, 5:31 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa police say speeding is a problem that hits too close to home. Officers say many drivers often ignore the 25 mph speed limits posted in neighborhoods. The oversight can put children in serious danger. As News On 6 Anchor Latoya Silmon reports, there's a new campaign to get you to slow down.

It's called Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. The Tulsa Police Department and departments all across the country were out on Thursday making sure you get the message.

Police say drivers need to keep an eye out for children playing in neighborhoods.

"We need to really pay close attention that these kids are out in the neighborhood because we haven't seen them out all winter and this time of year they're going to be out in large numbers," said Sgt. Kurt Dodd with the Tulsa Police Department.

Police hope you'll slow down.

"I think a lot of times people are more at ease, more relaxed whenever they're in their neighborhood. And you're not paying as much attention as it is when you're in the busy thorough fares," said Sgt. Kurt Dodd.

Police say not paying attention can cost lives. Jassalyn Sanders was only six when a driver hit and killed her last year. Police say he was using his cell phone.

"This is something we can't bring back, we can't bring her back, she's gone forever," said Danielle Nunes, Jassalyn's Aunt.

The family is forever changed. Jassalyn's grandmother hopes programs like "Keep Kids Alive" will do just that. It's already forced some drivers to brake.

"We want to up the awareness and really we're trying to avoid fatalities," said Sgt. Kurt Dodd.

Tulsa Police say they need your help to make this campaign work. Click here to find out how to promote the "Keep Kids Alive Drive 25" program in your neighborhood.