Wheels, Little Kids”© Programs conducted
in Bowling Green Kentucky on Ol’ Blue, USA’s
“Safety Tour 2005”
Hello Alvaton Elementary students!
Is that large, ‘Ol’ Blue’®,
truck-tractor always parked on the school’s
How’d that big thing get there?
The response was: “RJ brought it.”
That is how each “Big Wheels, Little Kids”
program conducted at Alvaton Elementary School
in Bowling Green Kentucky on Monday, March 21,
2005, began. Ol’ Blue, USA and RJ Taylor
were fondly remembered from a previous school
visit, and the educational project was eagerly
The entire school population (nearly
500 students) was excited to attend one of three
“Big Wheels, Little Kids” programs
conducted during the morning hours. The school’s
principal, Mark Rathbun, assisted at each program.
Since law enforcement involvement
with the program is crucial, Sgt. Bruce Patterson,
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and Deputy Mike
Hatler, Warren County Sheriff’s Department,
were on hand to help with the demonstrations.
So was Beverly Steele, a member of the Ol’
Blue team. There was surprise visit by Sgt. Tim
Meyer, Warren County Sheriff’s Department,
which was very much appreciated.
“Big Wheels, Little Kids”
programs are highly successful in promoting safety
around large vehicles, as well as advancing better
driving behaviors on our roadways and enhanced
communication between law enforcement and drivers.
Utilizing students, staff and law
enforcement, large vehicle blind spots and stopping
distance requirements are explained and demonstrated
to program attendees. Inappropriate driving practices
seen on roadways are described and suggestions
are made for safer traveling.
School buses, motor homes and travel
trailers are identified as other types of large
vehicles requiring larger side mirrors and having
similar stopping requirements and blind spots.
Under the Ol’ Blue, USA program,
“Big Wheels, Little Kids” school visitation
program takes ‘Ol’ Blue’ to
schools to give students an up close and personal
view of the safety considerations around large
vehicles, car drivers, bicycles, and pedestrians.