After many years of fundraising and hard work, the new Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex has opened, to honor Ashley’s life and her passion for softball. Thanks to the support of associations, local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals in Brandon and the surrounding areas, the new softball complex includes four full-sized diamonds and four mini-diamonds for youth ages 4-12, a canteen, and washrooms. Over 500 people attended to celebrate its opening and honor Ashley, who is deeply loved and missed. The opening ceremony included a doubleheader featuring the Dickinson Blue Hawks versus the Mayville Comets.
Ashley’s parents Phil and Bev also constructed a granite memorial monument at the entry of the field in which a portion of Ashley’s ashes will remain. resqme, Inc.’s President Laurent Colasse promised them while he came and visited them in September 2015 that the resqme foundation will show its support for this project by donating the monument.
Eight years ago, Ashley Neufeld, 21, and two of her teammates, Kyrstin Gemar and Afton Williamson went on a late-night stargazing adventure in an SUV crashed into a farm pond in Stark County, North Dakota. Tragically, Ashley and her friends were unable to escape when the car became submerged in water and never returned from their adventure.
The Ashley Neufeld Memorial Fund, was originally founded by Ashley’s family members to make sure that no other parents will lose their child because of a drowning vehicle, so they thought the resqme® tool was a perfect fit for fundraising efforts because of its reliability and commitment to saving lives. Thus, the “Ashley tool” was born—a resqme® device bearing Ashley Neufeld’s name. Since the resqme foundation and the Ashley Neufeld Fund began their partnership, over 7,000 resqme® tools have been sold and over $520,000 has been raised in Ashley’s memory.
Most importantly, the Ashley Neufeld resqme® tool is saving lives and rapidly became the safety symbol for an entire community. The “Ashley resqme® Tool” has already been used in numerous incidents of vehicle entrapment in Ashley’s home of Province of Manitoba and has saved several lives.
We, at the resqme foundation, are grateful to help make a difference in others’ lives by making them safer on and off road. In honor of the eighth anniversary of Ashley’s tragic accident, we hope to continue to raise awareness about car safety and vehicle entrapment.
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Even if you drive one of the safest cars on the market and you always make sure your kids are correctly restrained in their car seats, there are dangers every parent and relative needs to consider. Terrible and preventable car related accidents and heat stroke cases kill a large number of children in the USA every year.
A car doesn’t have to be moving to be dangerous.
People don’t realize that a car in a driveway can be potentially deadly. Children are not aware of the danger of playing behind parked cars, and their size can make them impossible to be seen from your car’s blind spots, this can lead to a child being run over. Did you know that blind spots are a deadly flaw for most SUVs? There are also other potential dangers for children in and around a car: power windows, trunk entrapment, drowings, falls from motor vehicles, seatbelt strangulations, carbon monoxide poisoning, underage drivers… Remember to always keep an eye on your kids when there is a vehicle is present, and invest in the proper safety tools to help in case of an emergency!
Frontovers and backovers represent the two main causes of non-traffic fatalities for children age 15 and under. It happens when the driver is moving and doesn’t see the kids standing in the blind spots in the front and in the back of the car. Be aware that the “blind zone” and “blind spots” got their name for obvious reasons: they’re the area behind, on the side and in front of a vehicle that the driver cannot see from the driver’s seat – and will not see if there is a child in those zones. “Two children every week are dying because they can’t be seen behind these larger vehicles that we’re driving” said Janette Fennell, the president and founder of the education and advocacy organization KidsAndCars.org.
To prevent these fatal accidents, it is important to teach children not to play in or around cars. The driver should also walk around the vehicle before entering and roll down the windows so you can hear if there are children present. Blind-spot mirrors are also a great investment to increase safety.
Heat stroke represent 16% of all of non-traffic deaths. Each year, an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Science show that everyone is capable of unknowingly leaving a sleeping baby in a car; this can lead to injury or even death. Stress or distractions are the main reasons people forget their children inside the vehicle. When children are locked inside a car, temperatures quickly rise, and they can get heat stroke. Learn more about the science behind the phenomenon of children forgotten in cars here.
If you see a child or pet left in a hot car it is important that you call 911. If you believe that the child is in immediate danger you should try to break a window to save the child. This can be done with a car escape tool like the resqme. Learn what to do here.
This article is mainly based on the research by Kidsandcars.org. Prevention and awareness are key, so we proudly partnered with Kidsandcars.org and are working hard to create awareness, and stop these preventable deaths from happening. Support the cause and get your KidsAndCars resqme tool here.
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Summer is here, which means new adventures are ahead! And so we’d like to share our ultimate summer bucket list with you. Of course, summer marks the start of barbecuing season, camping, campfires, berry picking and wearing white slacks, but what about taking some fun road trips?
Plan your next road trip!
There are many road trip planner websites to help you find the perfect spot! Plan your trip using an online planner such as RoadTrippers.com. Depending on what you like, you might stop at an amusement park, for a hike, or end up at the beach. RoadTrippers.com even offers to show you “Weird stuff”, and who doesn’t like seeing cool, weird stuff?
With MyScenicDrives.com, find a beautiful scene according to the State you are currently in. It also automatically divides your trip into days and gives you the option of sharing what you’re doing with your loved ones.
If you want to take the perfect shot and become the next Instagram guru, we might direct you to TripMaker.com. From here, select the Picture Perfect check-box and add them to your trip. Et voila!
To stay or to go?
Okay, nice view and all, but by now you must be getting hungry. How about we take a road trip to eat something delicious? Roadfood.com is hands down the best guide to road trip food. Now a website, the guide was originally a book that came out in 1977 when the writers Jane and Michael Stern started documenting American regional food. It then turned into a magazine column in Gourmet, and several more books, and now is an online database of great meals that you can find along highways, in small towns and city neighborhoods. Let’s pick one (or a bunch?), and make it a summer goal to get there! 
If you have a good amount of vacation time, why not try taking the ultimate US road trip, that has been defined by an algorithm and represents the optimal, most beautiful route across the country? Consider giving it a try, since it includes 50 points of all American awesomeness. Check out the interactive map here.
How to prepare for the best Summer ever?
During the Summer, nobody wants to think twice…so let’s get it right the first time! This summer, AAA (the American Automobile Association) predicts that more than 7 million drivers will have to be rescued from the side of the road. And it’s not only because of the heat: “Summer driving is very taxing on a vehicle, and the heat can affect a number of your car’s systems. But a lot of Americans also are not taking the steps that they could for preventative maintenance on their vehicle,” says AAA’s Director of Public Affairs. In fact, dead batteries, flat tires and vehicle lockouts are the main reasons that people call AAA during the summer. More than 3 million drivers will experience significant vehicle issues this summer that require being towed to a repair facility. With low-profile tires or no spare tire, many cars are especially susceptible to roadside trouble. To learn more about tires, check out our blog post “7 Types of Tires Tread Wear and What They Say About Your Driving”.
“You can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly!”
This summer, be a prepared driver!
- Have your car looked over by a mechanic before your trip
- Bring an extra car key to not be locked out
- Remember snacks and water
- Pack your phone and charger
- Pack an emergency, first aid kit. Our 4 lifesaver prepareme kits conveniently combine high quality safety tools and must-have first aid items to allow for a wide variety of protection and preparedness when seconds count! They are the only first aid kits on the market to include the Made in USA award winning car escape tool, resqme. They easily fit in the trunk, glove box, back pack or wherever you need them!
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Speed has consequences
We all know someone who likes to speed because he/she’s an experienced driver, and feels like he/she’s in control. But this does not always lead to good things, as about 1.25 million people are killed each year internationally because of traffic related accidents. This affects children walking to school, elderly crossing the road, people driving to work and all other road users. In 2015, 146 people died in crashes because of speeding, either travelling above the speed limit or too fast for the road conditions. Thousands of these people were injured, and will carry their injuries for life.
It’s time to do something. Accordingly, the United Nations General Assembly has taken action and will be holding their fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week from May 8-14, 2017. This week of learning will focus on safe driving, and what can be done to prevent deaths and injuries. The powerful name of this campaign is self-explanatory: Save Lives, #SlowDown.
Decade of Action for Road Safety
On May 11, 2011, dozens of countries around the world kicked off the first global Decade of Action. The campaign operates on the principles of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020. From New Zealand to Mexico and the Russian Federation to South Africa, governments are committed to taking new steps to protect lives on their roadways. The Decade of Action seeks to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries which experts project will take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020. The #SlowDown campaign has been modeled after the Decade of Action for Road Safety – promoting the same principles that each organization holds dear.
“Every day we have good reasons to go somewhere important, whether we leave our homes for work, school or play. However, getting safely to where we are going is as important as getting there at all.”
Out of control
Speeding is a major risk factor. When the unexpected happens on the road, the speed that you’re travelling at matters a lot. ‘Just a little bit over the limit’ can be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all. If the worst happens and there is a crash, any extra speed means extra impact force – and the human body can only tolerate so much before death or serious injury are inevitable. We need to be responsible when on the road, a mistake does not need to cost someone their life or well-being.
Is slowing down really safer?
The answer is yes. A 5% cut in average speed can result in a reduction of 30% in the number of fatal crashes. In fact, studies have proved wrong to a lot of common thoughts: mathematically, speeding only helps on long car trips. Unless you’re going on a really long car trip, the time savings for speeding are already pretty minimal. The most time saved on a trip shorter than 500 miles is about 12 minutes!
The ‘Slow Down’ campaign encourages drivers to reduce their speed because it’s difficult to know what is up ahead.
Get involved by taking the pledge here: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/get-involved
Last week, the Department of Transportation launched its first national advertising campaign ever. What issue compelled them to launch such an expansive campaign, reaching out over TV, radio, and the web? The dangers of distracted driving, of course.
Today marks the start of a crackdown on distracted driving that will run until April 15th. Officers around the country will be on the watch for drivers with their eyes on their phone instead of on the road. In earlier campaigns against texting and driving in California and Delaware, police officers handed out over 16,000 tickets over three waves of enforcement.
But if that’s not enough to motivate you to change those bad habits – after all, 666,000 drivers in the United States are using their phone while driving at any given moment – maybe some of these statistics will:
The average fine in the United States for texting while driving is $100, but some states charge thousands. Alaska knows this is no joke: their highest allowable fine is $10,000.
Parents might not always be setting the best example for their children – 53% of them text while stopped at a red light, and 41% text while driving. For comparison, 60% of teenagers text at red lights and 43% text while driving.
During the average 4.6 seconds it takes to send or read a text message, at 40 miles per hour your vehicle will have traveled the length of 16 cars.
Distracted driving was responsible for 3,000 car crashes, injuring 387,000 people in 2011. That year, over 3,300 people died because of texting and driving.
The message is clear: put your phone down to save lives. If you are a passenger, speak up against the driver’s decision to drive distracted.
It may just be the most important decision you ever make.
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Adrienne Erin is a writer and designer based in Pennsylvania. She designed this infographic for Katherman Briggs & Greenberg in order to help raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. You can see more of Adrienne’s work by following @adrienneerin on Twitter or visiting her blog, Design Roast.
The 1st Global Congress on “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society” will be held on March 8 & 9, 2014 at the Palais des Congrès, Skhirat, Rabat, Morocco.
Every day in Morocco and around the world, many people are killed or injured on the roads. Men, women and children who go to school or to work on foot or drivers never return home, leaving behind anguished families. Thousands of people each year spend long weeks in the hospital after a serious accident and many of them will never be able to live, work, or play as they once did.
Traffic accidents are a major public health problem worldwide, with adverse consequences on economic and social levels.
The risk of being killed in a traffic accident varies by age and sex and it is almost three times higher for men than women. However, according to the World Health Organization, the accidents are among the ten leading causes of death among teenagers and adult women.
In countries with high and middle income, accidents are the leading cause of death among the female population aged 10-44 years.
Considering the central and multifaceted role that women in society play as an active, constructive influence in their environment, the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC) and the National Union of Women of Morocco (UNFM), have organized the 1st World Congress on Women and Road Safety under the theme “Women and Road Safety: Project for Society.”
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Conference is organized under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the UNFM and to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014 in Rabat.
This global event is organized in collaboration with several international organizations concerned with the issues of road safety. In particular, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Road Safety Organization (PRI) , the Laser International Foundation and Laser Europe, the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) .
The Congress is also an opportunity to highlight the role of partnership with civil society around a national cause for the preservation of human life and the fight against road carnage.
This Global Congress will also provide an opportunity to remind the world the roles that women and civil society can play in the field of road safety and challenges of the future.
More than 300 delegates will take part in this event. They represent respectively: international organizations, governments, the business community, research institutes and the various components of civil society. A Declaration on Women and Road Safety called “Rabat Declaration” will be developed at the end of the work.
Talk Before It Is Too Late
Road Safety announced that in January 2014, 238 people died in road accidents in France , against 239 a year earlier, representing a relatively stable (-0.5%) rate. The association of 40 million motorists challenged this figure. In fact, he noted that Road Safety announced 271 deaths for the month of January 2013. The difference is explained by the fact that road safety is based on provisional figures to present his monthly report, and its software statistical calculation overstated the final number of deaths in January 2013. However, 40 million motorists denounced a “statistical approximation,” wondering how road safety can compare final figures for January 2013 to provisional data for January 2014 (which will be consolidated in June).
Source: LARGUS.FR 02/07/14 and 02/10/14 PARIS newspaper )
Australians want to reduce drunk driving by random breathalyzers use.
In Ghana, there is support for a national ambulance service.
Malaysians want to change the road infrastructure to improve safety.
The United States of America wish to increase seatbelt safety through the campaign “Click It or Ticket.”
The Vietnamese want to improve the rate of helmet use by law enforcement.
Source: Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 / World Health Organization .
– 157: The number of drivers arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
– 2: The number of people killed on our roads last week.
Will you be in the numbers next week ?
Ask yourself this painful issue as many times as it takes because behind each number there is a real person: Your father, your brother, your child, your spouse, your neighbor or even a stranger, and the stranger is a real person!
Each time you use the car on the road, you can help reduce these numbers.
Authoritative driving is a step towards better road safety.
You can change everything, it is you who are the master of your destiny!
And I sincerely believe that we should look at such an image being aware that tomorrow might be us!
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What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit
By Guest Author: Samuel Joyce
Drivers face a plethora of crisis every day. Traffic jams, rough weather, flat tires, dead batteries, stranded miles away from a gas station or eatery, in the middle of the night, overheated radiators and much more. Whether you are few hundred kilometers out of your hometown or on the other side of the country, your only immediate friend in crisis is an emergency kit. Always keep it stacked with all the necessary items that would help you come out of the difficult situations.Image via Flick User State Farm
Your car emergency kit should contain the following:
First Aid Kit
Must have of all is the first aid kit. Pack your first aid kit with all the essentials like latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive bandages- small and large, non-adhesive bandages, gauze, iodine, aspirin and medical tape.
Water-the elixir of life, is the most important item you should keep in your car. Never travel without it.
Keep emergency hammer like window breaker, seat belt cutter and fluorescent orange for signaling. Lug wrench, box cutter, screwdriver, are the basic tools that always need to be kept in the car. The kit should include jumper cables, a tire gauge, a fuel/fluid siphon and a couple of reflective triangles and flat road flares.
USB mobile device charger
The only connection between you and your family is a phone in crisis. A phone with a dead battery is useless. To avert such a situation, always keep a mobile device charger in your car.
Any emergency kit is incomplete without flashlights. In emergencies after dusk, if you are not able to search the things needed, then the entire stacking is pointless. Keep one flashlight with a strong beam. You can keep LED flashlights. They are cheap– two are enough. Always keep flashlight batteries in a jar outside the flashlight.
With smart phones in almost every pocket, road maps seem obsolete. However, what if you are stuck at a place outside the range of your GPS signal or the phone battery is dead. The GPS may also not help. At such places, only a road map or an atlas can help.
Carry a tire in a good condition assorted with a tire jack and tire iron. But, just keeping a tire is not sufficient. You must know how to change the tire as well.
Jumper cables are perfect to deal with a sudden breakdown of batteries. It will not provide a full charge but would be enough to get back home or a service station nearby.
Remember, if the battery is in a bad shape, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with a certified battery charger. You can also exercise the option of mobile car battery replacement which is available everywhere these days, whether you are in Melbourne, Johannesburg or Colorado. They repair and replace your alternator or starter motor. By keeping jumper cables, you can assist a stranded fellow as well.
If you are a victim of tire blowout stranded in the darkness or in low visibility conditions. Convey your distress to the passing vehicles by lighting roadside flares around the perimeter of the car or set-up reflective triangles.
Lighter or matches
It is wise to keep a pack of matches or a simple lighter in the emergency kit. With these, you can light a campfire or heat food or water or drive away the animals.
Keep a good supply of healthy snacks like nuts, muesli bars, dried fruits, wrapped energy bars in the car. These are useful even if you are not facing any crisis.
Keep spare clothes in the car. You might need them in sudden weather changes like rain or snow to layer up. Like clothes, keep extra blankets. They are the best means to keep you warm when the temperatures fall.
Pack your car emergency kit with all the above and have a safe drive!
Samuel Joyce is an automobile expert with keen interest in car safety. Safety while driving on the road is important and wheels, car battery and other parts also form an integral part of it. He has also given reviews for cheap car batteries Melbourne that have helped many to make the best choice when buying a car battery.
How to Handle Your Teenager’s First Car Accident
By Guest Author: Marie Sulenski
All parents worry about their teen drivers getting into a car accident. Joanne Helperin of Edmunds Inc. told Disney Family that, statistically speaking, there’s a good chance a teen driver will be involved in an accident during the first 12 months of driving. We’re not saying it’s going to happen… we’re just saying it could. Read this before it does:
Get More Involved
Take this step long before you hand your teenager the keys. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) told Forbes that parental involvement is the most critical factor in reducing the risk of accidents for teenagers. Teenagers who are given supportive yet direct rules regarding their driving are half as likely to get into a crash, and 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving.
Teach your teen safe driving habits and agree upon ground rules when he or she is behind the wheel. Driving-Tests.org offers a variety of resources, including a parent-teen driving contract you can print out. Use it as a guide to set rules, penalties and a mutual understanding of what is expected.
Parents should also take advantage of graduated driver licensing programs in their respective states. These enable teen drivers to gradually gain experience in different driving situations.
The first few moments when both parties exit their vehicles and begin communicating typically go a long way in determining the outcome of the incident. Remind your teenager: Less is more. The only information he is required to give the other party is insurance, driver’s license and contact information. Discussing the particulars of the accident itself is discouraged.
Your teen should never admit an accident was his fault, even if it seems obvious that it was. The admission can be used against him in administrative proceedings or court (if it gets that far). Instead, instruct him to use his smartphone to take several pictures of the scene. This includes photos of the damage both cars sustained, the interior of the car, the surrounding scene, etc. Many insurance providers now have accident apps that allow you to snap and upload photos directly to them.
The New Car
Hopefully the first accident your teenager is involved in is of the fender-bender variety. There will, of course, be cases in which the car is totaled or the repairs are so costly it makes more sense to get a new vehicle. Whether you will help pay for the new car is up to you, but this could be used as an incentive for safe driving. You could pay half of the monthly payment each month they go without an accident and moving violation. You could also pay for a less expensive car in cash and forgive portions of the payback from your teenager based on the same conditions.
Finally, Remember This
Accidents are going to happen with teenage drivers. Well-prepared, involved parents can mitigate the anxiety that comes with them. The most important thing is your teenager’s health and well-being. Remind him of this, too. Cars can be replaced; people can’t.
About the Author:
Marie is entertainment and lifestyle freelance writer who dreams of writing the next great American novel.
By Guest Author: Zoe Florence
Driver Safety Week is an important time to remember how crucial driver safety is to everyone on the road. However, aside from just reminding people about driver safety, drivers should also take the time to ensure they are safe out there on the roads. Many people die or get seriously injured from road accidents each year and so drivers everywhere should always keep the following things on mind when they go on the road.
We all know that we should never drive drunk, tired, or too fast. However, distractions can be just as bad while driving so it’s important that you remove all distractions while on the road. Put your phone on silent mode or turn it off completely. If you are on a long trip or you truly are waiting for an important call, then you should purchase a in-car phone system that can route phone calls to your car’s speaker system to keep your hands free. However, the best thing to do is still to remove all distractions and you should only use the phone in cases of extreme emergencies.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Studies have shown that wearing your seatbelt can prevent fatalities during car accidents. When worn correctly, this prevents the driver and passengers from flying through the windshield or being tossed around inside the vehicle. Even the most minor car collisions can cause the people inside the car to bump into the dashboard or side mirrors. So, buckle up before you start the motor – and tell your passengers the same too!
Keep a Safe Distance
Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely while on the road. You need time to react just in case the person in front of you stops all of a sudden. Different drivers have different reaction times so it’s hard to say exactly how far you should stay back, but a good rule of thumb is the three second rule. Basically, look for an stationary object on the side of the road. As soon as the car in front of you passes it, start counting. You should count to at least 3 before your car passes the same object.
Drive According to Weather
Driving in the summer and the spring can be a pleasant experience. However, when the winter months come, you need to start thinking about the way you drive. Snow and ice can cause your car to slip, so make sure you have more space in between you and the car in front of you. Fog and sleet can reduce visibility so make sure you go just below the speed limit to avoid accidents.
Maintain Your Car Properly
Car maintenance isn’t just about keeping your car in good shape, but it’s actually a safety issue too. You need to take your car in for regular inspections by a mechanic at an auto repair services shop. An auto repair services can help you keep your can in good shape. You should find a reliable and trusthworthy auto repair services shop in your area who will not only charge you a fair price, but have your safety in mind.
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Zoe Florence belongs to the world of automotive sales and management consulting. I am a typical introvert, writer, analyst, friendly web fanatic and a travel fan. I loved to share and gather important information on auto industry and auto repair services.