By Mark Parkinson
Kansans will travel nearly 81 million miles today on our state’s roadways. That’s 81 million miles for Kansans to go to and from work, for our kids to go to school, for visitors to come through our state and for everyone to do all the normal activities that make up our daily lives--all in one day.
But to reach our destination, safety must be our top priority. I am proud to kick off the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day campaign to remind Kansans of just that. For the next four weeks Kansans throughout the state will blog about why safety is so important. Some of these bloggers are safety professionals and will provide tips while some have personal experiences to share in hopes of helping others. But all of these people have a common goal--reducing fatalities on our roadways.
Traveling is such an integral part of our lives. It keeps us connected and we count on our transportation infrastructure to get us where we need to be efficiently and safely. We also count on policies and law enforcement to help protect us from other drivers who may not be traveling as safely as ourselves.
This past legislative session, I was proud to sign into law multiple pieces of legislation that make our roads safer, including a primary seat belt law and a ban against texting while driving. I also signed the new ten-year transportation plan to keep Kansas roads the best in the country.
But these steps don’t relieve us from our personal responsibility to travel safely. One of the main messages of Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is to drive as if your life depends on it. This is something we need to think about every time we get into a car or truck.
As you read these blogs for the next 20 days, I hope you’ll take the time to comment on what you have read. We need to continue to share our ideas and information with one another, as we are also sharing a vision of a day with no roadway fatalities in Kansas and our nation.