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Gary Karton

Director of Communications

Gary started his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the last 17 years working in the world of nonprofits to help children and families. He brings that same passion to Safe Kids, creating messages for a variety of audiences to ensure that more kids can explore, have fun and still stay safe. He is also an author of a recent children's book, Brady Boondoggle: The Last Akaway.

Blogs by Gary Karton

Teen driver behind the wheel

This month the National Safety Council is observing Distracted Driving Awareness Month and giving us all an important reminder of the potentially tragic consequences to driving while talking or texting. The Council is asking all drivers to stop using cell phones while they drive.

Smiling Boy

From the moment our babies start to crawl, the world is a magical place filled with new adventures and discoveries. We want to create an environment where kids have the freedom to explore and discover and have fun. That means taking a few precautions around the house to minimize the risk of serious injuries.

Injured teen illustrates the need for concussion safety

This month the Brain Injury Association of America will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month. Each year 2.4 million Americans sustain brain injuries including 475,000 children. About 75% of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Cover of the Last Akaway book

Every December, my family piles into our 2001 minivan (275,000 miles and counting) and heads to Buffalo to visit my mother-in-law. I call her “Grammy Yes” because whenever my kids asked Grammy a question, the answer was always, “yes.”

“Yes, you can have chocolate-covered potato chips for breakfast.”

“Yes, you can stay up as late as you want.”

Teen driver behind the wheel

This week is National Teens “Don't Text and Drive” Week so it’s a perfect time to remind the teens (and adults) in your life that texting and driving can be a deadly combination.

Did you know that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens?