Young Traffic Offenders Program Receives Regional Show-Me Safety Award

Missouri's Coalition for Roadway Saftey and AAA recognizes program for its commitment to driver safety 

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Nov. 1, 2012) – During Missouri’s Blueprint to Save More Lives 2012 Conference, The Research Foundation’s Young Traffic Offenders Program received the Kansas City Regional Show-Me Safety Award from Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and AAA. Accepting this award on behalf of the Young Traffic Offenders Program was The Research Foundation President Cynthia Randazzo and Director of Development Rose Simone.

“The Research Foundation is honored to receive this regional award for its Young Traffic Offenders Program,” Randazzo said. “Since 1997, the Young Traffic Offenders Program has successfully educated thousands of young drivers on the importance of safety. During the 6-hour program, participants learn the grave consequences of reckless driving from healthcare professionals, Missouri State Highway Patrol and their fellow peers who have suffered a crash-inflicted brain or spinal cord injury. This sobering first-hand approach serves as a much-needed wake-up call to our area’s young drivers.”

Recognizing The Research Foundation for receiving this award, Kansas City’s District Traffic Engineer with Missouri Department of Transportation Laurel McKean said, “The Research Foundation of Kansas City was most recently awarded the Show-Me Safety Award for the Kansas City region for their dedication to impacting the lives of our youth. I look forward to working with them in the future to continue the effort of educating youth on the impacts their driving choices make on themselves and others.”

The Research Foundation’s Young Traffic Offenders Program was one of seven groups or individuals in the state of Missouri recognized for their advocacy in safe driving.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit