Save your life: Go slower and stay focused

In the past few weeks, there have been several car crashes that sent locals to the hospital with serious injuries.
Apr 28, 2014

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.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

 

Comments

zwesterhouse

People now are working more mandatory overtime than ever before. Seen one guy behind 3 cars at a 4 way stop roll his window down and flip the middle finder off at everybody and yelling "bi-polar all over the road" With swear words mixed in. Thats what happens when a person works more than 40 hours a week in factories.

rukidding

Seriously, this comes from working more than 40 hours a week? I know lots of people that work lots of hours that don't behave like that; I will advise them though that they should start to act out in public because it is expected of them for their toil and station in life. Poor misguided miscreants!

windy

Gridlock in Grand Haven . . . for realz?

windy

Stupid people hooked on smart phones. I regularly see parents driving and talking on the phone while their kids are in the car. What kind of example does this set for future generations?

Interestedreader

Z" what does working "any" amount of hours have to do with distracted drivers.

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