Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) is a national FCCLA peer education program through which students strive to save lives through personal, vehicle, and road safety. Teens work to educate adults and youth about traffic safety and support enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. Youth leaders can help families promote basic safety attitudes that can last a lifetime.
Through FACTS, FCCLA members learn the realities of traffic safety, and they discover that traffic safety is a family affair. Children first learn basic safety skills and attitudes in families. Crashes deeply affect families, and FCCLA members can help families emphasize safety and avoid related concerns through the FACTS program. Through FACTS projects, they reach their peers, children, and adults with traffic safety messages and activities. FCCLA addresses safety-related issues as an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Safety is an essential part of parenting and family roles and touches on child development, consumer issues, resource management, family services, personal and family wellness, interpersonal relationships, and more, all supported by the FACTS program.
The teen years are an ideal time to establish sound traffic safety habits to last a lifetime. FACTS gives teens the facts and incentives they need to build an understanding of what it means to drive safely, both today and in the future. Through this program, young people plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible decisions about traffic safety.
FACTS projects relate to three topic areas:
- People – to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger and keep yourself and others safe
- Vehicles – to understand vehicle safety and the role it plays in safety for you and others
- Roads – to understand and promote your role on the road as well as the safety hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them
Colorado FCCLA offers two types of state recognition to chapters that complete FACTS projects.
- State Project Awards: Chapters apply to showcase their hard work and innovative projects with the Colorado Program Award Application. The 1st place chapter honor may include cash awards and special recognition at the State Leadership Conference, online, and in Colorado Comments newsletter.
- State General Recognition: Individuals and chapters that complete a National Program project may complete the State Recognition for National Program Participation Form and receive a certificate of participation and special pre-show recognition at the State Leadership Conference.
- FCCLA FACTS Program Info Sheet
- Safe Road Home: Stop Your Teen from Drinking & Driving
- Local law enforcement, fire fighters, and medical personnel
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
- State Farm Celebrate My Drive
- Ford Driving Skills for Life