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Kids know how important it is to "Put the Brakes on Fatalities"

From the 644 entries received across Kansas, 18 kids will win new bicycles and helmets for being chosen as regional winners in the ďPut the Brakes on Fatalities DayĒ poster contest. The contest helps make people of all ages aware of the need to reduce fatalities on our nationís highways.

One entry in each region was selected from each of the three age groups: ages 1-4, ages 5-9 and ages 10-14. The kids will receive a bicycle donated by Wal-Mart and a helmet donated by Kansas SAFE KIDS Coalition on Oct. 10 at the regional Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day celebrations across the state. The event locations and winners are:

Northeast Kansas: Topeka, Wal-Mart at 1501 S.W. Wanamaker, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Winners are Lily Anna Widener, Kansas City; Conner Wilk, Overland Park; and Briana Caspers, Topeka.

North central Kansas: Salina, Wal-Mart at 2900 South 9th Street, from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Winners are Jobe A. Fowles, Soloman; Cori Mines, McPherson; and Marissa Jager, Salina.

Northwest Kansas: Hays, Wal-Mart at 4301 Vine Street, from 4 - 6 p.m. Winners are Braden Juenemann, Phillipsburg; Riley Juenemann, Phillipsburg; and Adam Bowman, Phillipsburg.

Southeast Kansas: Chanute, Wal-Mart at 2700 South Santa Fe, from 3 - 6 p.m. Winners are Camrie Wagner, Lebo; Britnie Danielle Wright, Osawatomie; and Jason Wright, Garnett.

South central Kansas: Wichita, Wal-Mart at 11411 East Kellogg, from 4 - 6 p.m. Winners are Emily Hrencher, Medicine Lodge; Jordan Schaller, Nashville; and Samuel J. Small, Hutchinson.Southwest Kansas: Garden City, Wal-Mart at 3101 East Kansas Avenue, 3 - 6 p.m. Winners are Kyle P. Gragg, Liberal; Haley Rae Sosa, Hugoton; and Marisa Love, Montezuma.

The public is invited to attend and also see safety demonstrations featuring the Kansas Highway Patrolís roll-over display, the Kansas Motor Carriers No Zone semi, a safety seat check lane, and more. These activities will give people the opportunity to actually participate and see how critical it is to always be alert, wear safety belts, use child safety restraints, and follow the speed limit.

For more information on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís web site, www.brakesonfatalities.org, or to the Kansas Department of Transportationís web site, www.ksdot.org, and click on the Put the Brakes on Fatalities logo.