By Kayla Gullickson, VP of Community Service
Last year, FCCLA released the newly revamped FACTS national program. FACTS stands for Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety.
The program includes three units:
- People – understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger and keep yourself and others safe
- Vehicles – understand vehicle safety and the role it plays in safety for you and others
- Roads – understand and promote your role on the road as well as the safety hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them
The FACTS program aims to help members learn about the different aspects of traffic safety. From talking about children in cars, car crashes, and even how the different road infrastructures can affect an intersection, this program has it all. The program also allows our members to influence and teach their peers and adults about traffic safety.
This year, FCCLA partnered with State Farm to conduct Teen Roadway Safety Assessments (RSA). FCCLA members partner with their local State Farm agent to go to a busy school intersection or any intersection in town and watch to see how motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians interact with that intersection. They also look to see if the road is safe, if there are correct and visible paint markings on the ground, if the stoplights work well, and if the sidewalk is accessible for all people. Then the teens submit their data to State Farm and can inform local community members about how to make that intersection safer!
We also have our Safe Rides-Save Lives PSA Contest that Litchfield High School in Litchfield, MN, won this year. Their winning, one-minute video talks about how passengers can be as much of a distraction as your phone can be. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LP6OUraDNU&feature=youtu.be
FCCLA partners with so many more great safe driving organizations. You can find out more on the FACTS national program page, located at: http://fcclainc.org/programs/factsfamilies-acting-for-community-traffic-safety.php.
Keep buckling up, FCCLA, and make sure to use #FCCLABucklesUP to promote the traffic safety efforts you’re doing in your chapters!
Kayla Gullickson, VP of Community Service