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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Gift of Life

Friday, November 17th one of my very dear friends celebrates his life. This entry and my actions are my gift to him.

On September 11, 2001 the world watched in horror as 3000 were killed in terrorist attacks on American soil. Now we commemorate their deaths in moments of silence, statues and plaques. It was a tragedy and deserves to be remembered, but what if I told you over 40,000 people died last year without any plaque at all?

Every year more than 42,000 Americans are killed in car crashes. Thousands are teens.

"In the last 100 years, more Americans have died in car crashes than in all the wars the United States has ever fought."

"Fortunately, the fatality rate (measured by deaths per 100 million miles driven) has dropped by 50 percent since 1980, thanks to increased seatbelt use and improvements in automotive safety technology."

How sad is that? We have dropped 50% and we still exceed 40,000?!?! It is estimated between a quarter and a third of these fatalities are caused by "driver distraction." The majority of the balance involves alcohol.

I don't drink so let's look at what I do contribute. I speed on occasion, eat once in awhile and talk on the cell phone fairly frequently. So, between 10,500-12,5000 people die each year because of drivers like me. That is up to 4 times the amount killed by terrorists. My "being busy" is more deadly than their suicide mission.

My original gift was, for at least Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I will refrain from speeding, eating or phone calls while I am driving. After doing all the research I am considering making it a life long dedication. I challange all those who read this to consider how much is one life worth. What if it is your own you save? Join me for a safer week-end. Let's celebrate life!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome decision! Even those drivers who think they don't cause things by not paying attention and never get in crashes themselves do cause things to happen, random lane changes, fast brakes and other random movements confuse other drivers and sometimes cause disasters, these people just get lucky and aren't involved in the aftermath even though they often are a major part of the cause. In fact I saw a guy in a turbocharged vehicle speed past a lot of cars and then jump over 2 lanes causing a 3 car pile-up and the guy wasn't even part of the crash! More people need to pay attention while operating a lethal weapon known as a motor vehicle. Kudos for taking action!

Wed Nov 15, 10:18:00 PM MST  

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