At least one could have easily been a fatality.
Most of the crashes have been caused by people not paying attention to the traffic in front of them. Perhaps they were looking at springtime flowers popping up in yards nearby. Perhaps they were on a cellphone. Or perhaps they were simply distracted by life’s worries.
Whatever the case may be, they slammed into the stopped vehicles in front of them. Bam! All in one horrifying split-second, they endangered themselves, the people with them and the occupants of the vehicles in front of them.
We’re glad that all involved in these crashes will recover and move on with their lives.
They are among the lucky ones. Many others lose their lives each day on roads in America via distracted or aggressive driving.
Think about your own driving and the driving you see everyday on roads around you. How many days have gone by that you haven’t seen a near-miss or a crash? Likely not many.
One has to wonder what the immediacy is all about. Does the speeder realize they’re going to get to their destination only a minute faster than if they’d relaxed their Indy-Race driving stance?
Does the texter realize their eyes are off the road for more than a split-second, and that a child or dog could run out in front of them as their fingers dance over their phone? Is the text so urgent they’re willing to risk their life and the lives of pedestrians around them?
Does the road-rager realize they’re only raising their own blood pressure, and frightening those around them for naught?
Clearly, we all make mistakes, and no one is a perfect driver. But we ask you, our beloved readers, to slow down a bit, be a little less aggressive in your driving and focus on the road when you’re behind the wheel. Approach driving with a smile rather than a furrowed brow of angst.
Most of all, make smart decisions that could save your life, and other lives around you.
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