Thursday, January 6, 2011

Good Grief! What Can We Do To Keep Kids Alive?

All around the country we are barraged with news stories and headlines about tragic deaths that we feel helpless to prevent. Who can know when a teenager will snap and kill? See Millard South shooting: Suspension ignited fury. Or, who can know when a mother will forsake herself and her own child? See Lafayette girl called dad 19 times day she died.

In the midst of grief and shock we can stand mystified questioning just what any one of us can do to make a difference and keep kids alive? In the wake of tragic deaths, we can also ask, "What can I do that would make a difference each day to keep kids of all ages alive?"

A simple answer is to do what is in our power to do to keep ourselves and others alive. Simple answers are not always so easy to live out though. An example would be to simply focus on our driving behaviors. Can we manage to go through a day by not speeding, stopping correctly at all stop signs and signals, not tailgate, not engage in any form of distractions that take our focus off the task at hand - driving, make sure everyone is buckled up, and never drink and drive?

If we can do these simple, but necessary, actions each day, we each will have done something meaningful, and do-able, to keep ourselves and others alive.

The question then becomes not only "can we do it," but, "will we do it?"

The answer lies in your decision behind the wheel today.

In safety,
Tom Everson

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