Distracted Driving – Video


Warning: The video is graphic…yet everyone should watch it and consider how one person can affect so many lives with one impulsive and carelessly thought out action.

In essence everyone is in a hurry to do what – get nowhere fast. In the end if you do not arrive alive or you have to live with the fact that your distracted and hurried driving hurt or killed someone else what will it matter if you were early or late. One mistake, one bad choice, one rushed action can lead to a devastating consequence.

Hang up the cell phone, put down MP3 player, turn down your radio, stop eating, drinking, dressing, undressing, reading, computing and WATCH what you are doing when you are behind the wheel of a car. It is called distracted driving. One mistake…one second of taking your eyes off the road…one time and it is over. Maybe you live, but who wants to live with the knowledge that he or she is responsible for hurting or killing someone. The life you save maybe your own, or the life of someone you love.

On the way to work last week I was hit from behind. Not especially hard…and I am ok, but the 2 people in the white car behind me that hit me decided to drive off and leave the scene of an accident. Why? I do not know. We were travelling at less than 15 MPH crossing an overpass @ 1040 pm as people were working construction on the over pass and it was down to one lane.

Do you wonder if the person you hit was hurt? What if I had my children in the car with me? My husband has been the victim of several car accidents (none of them his fault) but do to the careless hurried actions of others he has had 4 neck surgeries and lives with chronic daily pain. Had you hit him that night or had he been in my tan/gold ford Windstar van, he might be paralyzed. Another accident, even a minor one might not kill him, but it might change our lives significantly.

No one seems to want to accept accountability for the consequences of their actions. Everyone wants to find someone else to blame. In the end the only person who will be there for you is you and you have to live with your choices. We all make bad choices every day, but hopefully the choices we make do not hurt or kill someone, because when the sunsets you still have to close your eyes and try to forget who you hurt, endangered or killed. Sweet Dreams!

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