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FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH - Shug Bury & Melissa Wandall

A young woman, nine months pregnant, lost her husband in a tragic traffic accident because someone ran a red light. Listen in as she shares how she rose up to become light and life for her daughter, began a children’s grief camp and became a driving force for traffic safety.

The Keep Kids Alive Podcast

In the 25th Episode of the Keep Kids Alive Podcast, Host and Executive Director of KKAD25 Tom Everson talks with Melissa Wandall, President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads.

Sarasota Stories.co

My guest today is Melissa Wandall. She was that story 18 years ago. Newly married, in a new home, and 9-months pregnant, she got a phone call that dramatically changed her life forever.

Melissa Wandall speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Melissa Wandall speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development.

Curbing the Driver’s Need for Speed - GHSA 2021 Annual Meeting General Session

In the midst of an historic pedestrian safety crisis, the pandemic sparked an unprecedented drop in motor vehicle traffic that should have resulted in a significant drop in crashes, injuries and deaths. But an increase in excessive speeding is plaguing our roadways and putting everyone at risk. At the 2021 GHSA Annual Meeting in Denver, a panel of national experts discussed how we can get drivers to slow down and save lives.

Melissa interviewed at the 35th Annual ACT International Conference. The International Conference brings together hundreds of TDM professionals from across the United States, Canada, and around the globe.

A Helping Hand: The Mark Wandall Foundation

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Putting the Brakes on Speeding Now and After COVID-19

Andy Souders – President and CEO, All Traffics Solutions (Moderator).
Jason Farias – Highway Safety Program Coordinator, Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation.
Melissa Wandall – President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads and Campaign Ambassador for Alert Today Florida.

A Conversation about Pedestrian Safety Month​

The Daily Drive speaks with road safety advocate Melissa Wandall about Pedestrian Safety month which is this October. Melissa also shares her story which motivated her to address various traffic safety laws. Melissa is an egaging speaker, and her message is worth a listen.

Falls Church News Press - F.C. Police Join Safe Driving Initiative

August 3, 2020 5:15 PM by FCNP.com
The City of Falls Church Police Department is joining the initiative of the National Stop on Red Week, Aug. 2 – 8, 2020.

Created by the Federal Highway Administration, the initiative aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. Read more here >> https://fcnp.com/2020/08/03/f-c-police-join-safe-driving-initiative/

ABC Action News Tampa - Sarasota woman turns grief into motivation to help stop red-light runners

SARASOTA, Fla. — In 2003, Mark and Melissa Wandall were happily married and expecting their first child.

“We weren’t sure what we were having,” said Melissa.
Read more here >> https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/driving-tampa-bay-forward/sarasota-woman-turns-grief-into-motivation-to-help-stop-red-light-runners

Channel 7 WWSB Sarasota - Stop on Red Week

Channel 7 WWSB Sarasota  –
Article – SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – During National Stop On Red Week, advocates raise awareness of the importance on stopping at red lights.
Read more here >> https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/08/04/national-stop-red-week/
Video >> https://www.mysuncoast.com/video/2020/08/04/national-stop-red-week/

Local Organizations Work to Help Children Process the Loss of a Loved One

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month and this week Blue Butterfly and the Mark Wandall Foundation partnered to educate parents, grandparents and teachers on the best ways they can be there for children who have experienced a loss. Click here for more

STOP! Give Light to Life

October 2003, Mark Jeffery Wandall, a wonderful, loving young man tragically lost his life due to the negligence of a red light runner. His wife, Melissa Wandall was nine months pregnant at the time of the crash…

The Survivor

Unintentionally he has been pushed aside. He is quiet yet livid but remains sturdy and stoic. He has lost his best friend. He feels the burden that he has taken his sisters husband, his only niece her daddy. He feels disgraced. Will the shame “eat him up” or empower him?

Keynote Speaker at Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization

Study Finds Area of North Port, Sarasota and Bradenton, 4th Most Dangerous for Walking in the USA

Sarasota, FL. (WWSB) – The warm weather allows for plenty of outdoor recreation and Florida attracts a high number of senior, snowbirds and tourists. Click here for more

The Miami Project

Alert Today Florida

Stop on Red Event Urges Drivers, Pedestrians to Take Precaution on the Road

Representing the National Coalition for Safer Roads during the annual Stop on Red Week with partners Alert Today Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation and other Orlando and Orange County organizations

National Stop on Red Week

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), were joined by Orange County Government and multiple partners on Aug. 10, 2018 at the intersection of Silver Star Road and Pine Hills Road to remind everyone to stop on red, including when making a right turn.

The initiative was part of “National Stop on Red Week,” which is held every year during the first full week of August. Additional participating agencies in the event included LYNX, Orange County Public Schools, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Pine Hills Neighborhood Improvement District, Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin’s office and Bike/Walk Central Florida.

Driving Down Heartache, Bay News 9

Love Resides in a Roadside Marker. Bay News Channel 9 Interviews Melissa and features www.DrivingDownHeartache.org

Suncoast FYI: The Mark Wandall Foundation's "Evening at the Tower"

In this video Wendy Orlando TMWF Coordinator and I sit down to discuss the importance of serving children, teens and young adults in grief.

NEW Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast Available Today

Melissa Wandall, President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads, shares her personal story and explains her journey advocating for red light cameras and the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act in Florida. Listen Now: https://bit.ly/2Vck4mD