Sunday cartoons: TSATS takes on off-roading & wildlife protection


BURRILLVILLE – The Safe and The Serious wildLife habitat and environmental protection coloring posters were created to heighten awareness and educate the public about rural communities off-road vehicle activities that may harm wildlife animals and destroy their habitats while also damaging our environment.

The Safe And The Serious Campaign is not just about traffic safety on our roadways and streets across the state of Rhode Island. It also reminds off-road vehicle drivers, ATV and dirt bike riders that our environment needs to be protected as much as they need to remain safer in those all-terrain vehicles and while riding ATV’s and dirt bikes around our communities.Many of these off-road vehicle drivers are not following safety guidelines, concerned about wildlife animals, or our environment as you often see in news stories related to these dangerous activities.

With warmer weather arriving soon, there will be a lot more off-road vehicle drivers and passengers, ATV and dirt bike riders assembling together and alone on these state owned and private properties across the area. Vehicle usages on these properties are only one component. The other components, are alcohol consumption, reckless behavior, littering and damaging our environment along with affecting our wildlife animal habitats. I do not want to see any of these individuals hurt because of their actions. My primary concern is for their safety.

The open white spaces on these new TSATS Environmental and Wildlife Animal Protection Coloring Posters is there for any police and fire departments that want to utilize them for their own community outreach efforts by putting their patch images in those areas and displaying them in their own police and fire departments waiting rooms, and for kids and teens to think up cool slogans and illustrate their favorite wild animals that they would like to see protected in their own towns.

Adults are encouraged to print out these TSATS Safety Coloring Posters and discuss protecting our environment and wildlife animals with their children and teenagers.

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and  has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.

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