Daily, millions of vehicles travel our highways and daily there are thousands upon thousands of accidents. These accidents could have been prevented in some way, large or small. Daily, thousands of people do stupid things that jeopardize their life and the life of others. These are things that the people know for sure could kill them should something go wrong. They know our highways are dangerous and yet they gamble with lives. Then, when that terrible thing happens, it is too little and too late to say “I’m sorry”.
How many vehicles have you approached, passed or was near you that had its lights out as it was approaching darkness. Then, when it was dark and every vehicle had its lights on, you barely notice that single vehicle without any lights. That is the vehicle that have the driver that wants to know why someone hit him or wonder why he/she didn’t see something in the road, etc. Chalk it up to stupidity.
There you are traveling ten or fifteen miles over the speed limit and the traffic is moving smoothly. Then, out of nowhere, a vehicle zips right past you as if you were sitting still. Not only is the vehicle speeding more than you are but it is zig-zagging from lane to lane trying to get around slower vehicles. All it will take to cause an accident is for another vehicle to change lanes, without a turn signal, at the same time the vehicle is trying to speed past. Another way is for a slower vehicle to apply brakes a fraction of a second before the speeding vehicle, being very close behind, decides to pass. There is no way to prevent a terrible pile up, especially if it involves a tractor-trailer. These trucks have the same issues that the other vehicles have.
Another problem has also become a political issue and that is driving while texting as well as driving while on the hand held phone. It seems that no one gets the fact that this type of behavior detracts from driving concentration and decision making. People are of the mind-set that thinks only of them. Never mind how good they are in general but their actions behind the wheel tell a different story. They will get into a vehicle, drive down the road while typing or reading a message and, as they glance up, they will jerk the steering wheel to get back onto a straight path. That drifting off the side of the road, into the side of another vehicle or into the rear of another never crosses their mind. It will be easier and safer to either pull over to do what need to be done or have never started driving the vehicle in the first place. Talking on the phone is just as dangerous because of the unconscious, deep concentration that is sometimes required. There have been drivers that have momentarily forgotten they were driving when the conversation hit a nerve. Both phone types can be very, very dangerous.
Lastly, the person who has to have that drink is not thinking of anyone. They will drive down the road, kill or injure and cry out for sympathy. They will get out of jail on bail and do it all over again, before trial, or, after completion of the sentence, do it all over again. Very few get on the wagon and stay on the wagon. Seeing them drive is like watching someone on the phone. Again, this is a very dangerous situation that shouldn’t happen.
Believe it or not, driving is a job which is under constant testing. To pass is by coming through without a scratch or partially failing by going to the hospital and lastly an utter failure is death. People take the test daily and far too many fail. Why? Simply because people disregard others and, if the roads were vacant, there would be very few accidents.