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Please Slow Down And Be Careful On All The Highways Of Life—Seek To Avoid Automobile Crashes

This morning I drove past a fatal car wreck. I saw the aftermath of the incident at around 5:45 this morning.

(Above–Not the crash I saw this morning, but close enough.)

I’m reasonably certain that this is the fifth or sixth time I’ve seen a fatal wreck in the 11 1/2 years I’ve lived in Houston.

Here is the Houston Chronicle story about the death. I’m avoiding the word accident because alcohol may have been involved.

A man driving a pick-up truck was possibly out drunk driving at 5 AM.

The name of the person who died was Krysta Rodriguez. She was a passenger in the car hit by the alleged drunk driver. Seeing the car that Ms. Rodriguez was riding in, it is not difficult to imagine that she was killed. The car was smashed.

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about automobile crashes in the United States—

“In the United States, motor vehicle–related injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1–34, and nearly 5 million people sustain injuries that require an emergency department visit. The economic impact is also notable: motor vehicle crashes cost around $230 billion in 2000.”

The CDC  offers a number of suggestions to help reduce drunk driving in the U.S.

Many of these recommended measures involve tough enforcement of drunk driving laws of and strong punishments for those convicted of drunk driving.

Here are many facts and much information from the CDC about safe driving.

It was raining this morning. When I saw the wreck, I wondered if the rain had played a part.

Here are tips for driving in the rain from Edmunds.com.

Here are tips for driving in snow and ice from The Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel says that the best advice for driving in winter weather is to avoid doing so when possible.

Two Thanksgivings ago, a young person I knew was killed in a wreck while driving from her holiday break in Houston back to school at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

This young person was a senior at Baylor and an honors student.

In her death notice in the newspaper and in the program distributed at the memorial service, her parents wrote— “…slow down and be careful on all the highways of life.”

This is good advice.

Please do slow down and be careful on all the highways of life. Please give some thought to how you drive and to the terrible things that can happen on the road.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments