Left, Kyle Kiihnl, right Tennessee sign warns motorists against drowsy driving

Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Foundation Hopes to End Drowsy Driving

Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Foundation shares the Kars4Kids mission of ending distracted driving. The foundation is named after 17-year-old Kyle Kiihnl, who was killed while taking a walk around the block with a friend. A young driver fell asleep at the wheel and his car veered onto the sidewalk, killing Kyle. The foundation named in Kyle’s memory has been providing the one-hour Drowsy Driving Education Program for the past seven years completely free of charge to participants.

Now the foundation is working with the Tennessee Technical Institute to produce drowsy driving road signs to be displayed on overhead interstate message boards throughout Tennessee, in the very near future. The signs will say, “Don’t Drive Drowsy” with the hope that this simple message will help raise awareness of a deadly issue. This is important work that can save lives.

The family of Kyle Kiihnl knows all too well that too many drowsy drivers think they can manage to keep going when they really need to stop and rest. And that’s why it needs to be said and repeated, until it’s absorbed: If you’re too tired to drive, don’t.

Drowsy driving kills.

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