Make the decision to always drive safely
Should students riding to school and emergency responders helping those in need have to fear greater danger on our roads with each passing day? Has distracted, impaired, and unsafe driving risen to the level that it could finally be called an epidemic?
The world we live in is challenging enough, with many things simply out of our control. However, driving is one area where we can and should be absolutely in control and part of the safety solution. Each of us has the responsibility to ourselves, our families, friends, and every single person around us to be a safe and courteous driver toward all with whom we share the road.
Tragically, recent news reports tell the story of school children and emergency responders killed in horrific and preventable crashes.
Year after year, surveys by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety find that an attitude of “do as I say, not as I do” persists among motorists, many of whom admit to engaging in the same dangerous behaviors that they criticize as being unacceptable. All of the statistics and all of the calls for change from transportation safety advocates and victim impact groups will not save a single life or prevent a single crash if nobody takes action to change his behavior.
We can and must improve the safety of our roads, but it will take every individual driver making the conscious decision to be laser-focused on safe driving to change the future. It will also take every passenger in a vehicle holding their driver accountable for safe driving practices. Together, one by one, we can make our roads safer and restore the freedom and expectation that we and our loved ones should be secure in our daily travels.
Please make the decision to put safety first every time you get behind the wheel.