Tuesday, May 17, 2022 |
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The rapidly ticking death toll from traffic crashes on Kaua‘i roads needs to slow down — and so do we.
But speed, the oft-cited culprit, does not appear to be solely to blame in the wrecks that have killed five people so far this year. If we keep up this pace over the next 10 months, we’ll triple the past three years combined. Let’s not let that happen.
The fatalities have devastated families, friends and communities. The losses endured by those who knew the deceased — and even those who didn’t — are severe.
We can all do our part to prevent future tragedies by easing up on the gas pedal. This simple rule will give us more time to react to unforeseen circumstances on the road that could cause a crash.
But the more important step we all must take is simply concentrating harder on driving safely.
Distractions can be minimized if we keep our focus. Soon, we will have a new law forcing us to put down our cell phones and other handheld electronic devices while driving. Why not start now?
Talking, texting, fiddling with the radio or clowning with a passenger can have dire consequences.
Tired? Drunk? On drugs? Have someone else drive.
All it takes is a second of not paying attention to create a lifetime of regret, or worse.
Driving is a responsibility, not a right. It is a privilege earned that comes with a life-and-death obligation. Let’s not forget our duty to operate our car, truck or motorcycle safely, first and foremost.
So let’s buckle up, keep our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel. Drive smart, Kaua‘i.
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