Friday, June 18, 2010

Keep Kids Alive - We Have Met the Enemy

Walt Kelly, who penned the comic strip "Pogo," is renowned for writing these words:

"We have met the enemy, and he is us."

When it comes to confronting what needs to be done to make pedestrians, cyclists, and all motorists and passengers safe from speeders, tailgaters, stop-sign and stop-light runners, drivers who don't know how to use blinkers, and those who don't buckle up and become human projectiles, along with all manner of distracted driving - cell phones being the latest incarnation, it all comes down to our behaviors.

We can in fact be the solution we seek. We don't need to look to law enforcement and traffic engineers to solve every problem. Behavioral problems begin and end with the person engaging in the unsafe, uncaring behavior. The question for each of us is, "When I look in the mirror, do I see the solution or the problem?" And then, "If I honestly see the problem in my driving behaviors, am I willing to change to become the solution that prevents deaths and injuries - of the loved ones of others, and, quite possibly, my own loved ones as well?"

The answer to meeting the enemy starts with each one of us.

In safety,
Tom Everson
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

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