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8/26/2014 - City of Bridgeport launches radio ad highlighting back to school safety tips for kids and parents

“As a dad, and as mayor of our state’s largest city, I know how important it is for kids to be safe while they’re walking or taking the bus to and from school.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, CT (August 26, 2014) – As many kids head back to school this week, the City of Bridgeport is launching a radio ad that highlights safety tips for kids and parents. The radio ad has a specific focus on pedestrian and driver safety.

“As a dad, and as mayor of our state’s largest city, I know how important it is for kids to be safe while they’re walking or taking the bus to and from school,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “That’s why we’re urging parents to remind their kids to be extra cautious when walking to and from school. Make sure they pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards. Lets arrive early to the bus stop, and make sure that our kids wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street.”

Listen to the radio ad: http://bit.ly/1vgVE8T.

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 5,900 pedestrians are killed by automobiles in the United States every year. And, nearly one-quarter of these victims are children under the age of 15 years old (Link: http://bit.ly/1vgUqKE).

“As your police chief, I’m well aware of how important it is for adults to drive safely, especially around schools that are now back in session,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett. “We’re urging drivers to be watchful around schools and bus stops for children running in to the street. And, to watch your speed when entering a school zone.”

For the ages of 14 and younger, an average of three kids were killed – and another 462 were injured – every single day in the United States in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Link: http://1.usa.gov/1p6aZAD).

“Please do your part to ensure the safety and security of our kids,” said Police Chief Gaudett.

Below is full-text of the radio ad:

City of Bridgeport

“Kids' lives”

Radio: 60 seconds

AUDIO

(The radio spot consists of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joseph Gaudett)

 

(Mayor Finch)

Hi, this is Mayor Bill Finch.

 

(Chief Gaudett)

And, I’m Chief Joe Gaudett

 

(Mayor Finch)

As a dad, and as mayor of our state’s largest city, I know how important it is for kids to be safe while they’re walking or taking the bus to and from school.

 

(Chief Gaudett)

And as your police chief, I’m well aware of how important it is for adults to drive safely, especially around schools that are now back in session.

 

(Mayor Finch)

That’s why we’re urging parents to remind their kids to be extra cautious when walking to and from school. Make sure they pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards. Lets arrive early to the bus stop, and make sure that our kids wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street.

 

(Chief Gaudett)

We’re also urging drivers to be watchful around schools and bus stops for children running in to the street. And, to watch your speed when entering a school zone.

 

(Mayor Finch)

As parents or drivers behind the wheel, we all have a lasting impact on our kids' lives.

 

(Chief Gaudett)

Please do your part to ensure the safety and security of our kids.