Cut driving deaths down

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 31, 2004

For anyone who has ever passed an automobile accident on the highway, it is evident that the act of driving is one of the most dangerous things we do each day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released statistics in December that identified motor vehicle crashes as the number cause of death in people ages four through 33 in the U.S.

That means murder isn't the number one killer.

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Cancer isn't the number one killer.

AIDS isn't the greatest killer.

Driving your car or truck can kill you quicker.

When you put those statistics into play with everything else and all other age groups, it becomes the eighth-ranked cause of death in this country.

Human beings are quick to become adapted to something so much that it becomes second nature.

We quick being precautious and spend too much time being cocky.

We fiddle with the radio, changes CDs, call people on our cell phones and chat away the time.


Because we're invincible and nothing can hurt us.

Sadly, we're not invincible and because of occasionally careless acts, we kill someone or we are killed.

We too often tell our kids when they start driving to watch out for the other guy, mind the rules of the road, yet when we get behind the wheel, we don't heed our own warnings.

Without fail, every motorist should pay close attention to their surroundings when driving.

A recent rash of accidents prompts us to remind our children that safety should come first when they are driving. That admonition shouldn’t stop at teenaged drivers, however.

Our teens learn by example, so let us all teach an example.

We don't want the example to be the fact that they kill someone or die themselves.

This is one of those killers, we can pull together on, and indeed stop.