Young and old - read this!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Every 13 minutes, someone dies on America's roads, amounting to more than 40,000 deaths consistently each year.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of people ages 1-34, and the real calamity here is how complacent our nation has become about these very preventable tragedies.

Even with improved traffic laws and educational programs, it's up to each of us to help build a safer vehicular traffic environment on our roadways.

As we pressure regulators, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, highway engineers, and automakers to do even more to make driving safe, all of us must shoulder the responsibility and police ourselves to be more cautious, smarter drivers.

We often hear about dangerous driving practices like drunk, aggressive, or distracted driving, but we don't often think of ourselves as part of the problem.

Three out of four motorists think they are more careful than others behind the wheel.

Eighty-two percent of motorists rate distracted driving as a serious problem, yet more than half of those said they talked on a cell phone while driving, and 18 percent even admitted to reading or sending text messages while driving.

Seven out of 10 drivers rate red-light running as a serious problem, yet more than half of those said they sped up to get through yellow lights, and five percent said they had purposely ran a red light in the last month.

Three out of four motorists list speeding as a serious problem, yet 40 percent admitted to driving 15 mph or more over the speed limit on the highway, and 14 percent said they'd driven 15 mph or more over the limit on a neighborhood street!

We all should resolve to become better drivers to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation's roads. We must take responsibility for our driving habits and save lives in the process.