Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Laser Focus - Put Me In Coach, I'm Ready to Drive!


The headline reads FBI targets laser strikes against pilots over Houston.

The reason there is a law against pointing lasers at planes is because the potential for a deadly disaster is so great. Thus, the law is as it should be. Every good transportation or traffic law is designed to protect and preserve life.

Multiple laws to protect and preserve life exist that all of us as motorists are well aware of. Among these are:

  • The need to buckle up ourselves and our passengers every trip no matter the distance.
  • The need to observe speed limits

  • The need to stop at stop signs and stop lights

  • The need to keep a safe following distance

  • The need to signal every turn and lane change
  • The need to not drink and drive

  • The need to put cell phones aside (at least some states recognize the need to do so)

Common sense tells us that these are smart ways to drive. Yet, each day on the road any one of us can observe multiple (oftentimes many multiple) examples of drivers, perhaps including ourselves, ignoring these laws, each of which is in place to help protect and preserve lives - including our own. Perhaps enforcement needs to be stepped up as engineers continue to do their part in designing roadways that help to keep us safe. 

Regardless, the one ingredient that cannot be stressed enough in addressing these behaviors is to continue to educate motorists about how to observe traffic laws by virtue of our behaviors behind the wheel. Any one of us can claim to "know" the rules of the road. Yet, when our behaviors do not demonstrate that we truly 'know," then ongoing education towards learning and putting these life-saving behaviors in to practice is absolutely essential. It is as imperative as what a coach knows intuitively; if the performance on the field or court is not what it should be, then go back to repeatedly teach and practice the skills necessary to succeed until these are demonstrated consistently in the arena. This is just as true regarding roadway behaviors.

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, along with many other non-profit, for-profit, and government agencies exist to provide the role of on-going coach when it comes to teaching and putting into practice behaviors that keep ourselves and others safe behind the wheel. Your community, business, school, neighborhood, faith community, or civic organization can get involved with the educational effort by partnering with us for the 8th Annual "Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Day" on May 1st. Contact me @ for more information.

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