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The Research Foundation promotes safe driving to local businesses

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Nov. 28, 2017) – The Research Foundation is encouraging community leaders and business professionals to promote safe driving practices in the workplace through their injury prevention program, ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City chapter is part of a national, award-winning program that offers free, school-based assemblies. Health educators and brain or spinal cord injury survivors present the importance of making safe choices by preventing injuries to the brain or spinal cord through education about distracted driving, seat belt usage, and other safety topics.

In partnership the Missouri Department of Transportation, a financial supporter of ThinkFirst, the Foundation hosted Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield at a recent Advisory Directors meeting attended by business leaders and industry professionals. Whitfield presented traffic tips and encouraged the group to require their employees to follow simple rules that will increase their safety on the road.

Local businesses and organizations now have the opportunity to provide a similar safety message to their employees through the Foundation’s ThinkFirst message.

ThinkFirst recently discussed the consequences of distracted driving with Cintas in Kansas City. The presentation included the significance of the brain and spinal cord, the dangers of distractions on the road and the story of an individual who now suffers a traumatic brain injury as a result of distracted driving.

“ThinkFirst and The Research Foundation has a 30-year history of promoting safety among youth in Kansas City,” Charlotte Melson, injury prevention program coordinator, said. “The next step in creating a safer community is asking our businesses and organizations to make smarter decisions as well.”

To host a safety and injury prevention presentation at your workplace, call 816-276-4955.