In the blink of an eye your world can change, not to mention your family, friends and the entire community. On Thanksgiving Day we were on our way home, it was a beautiful day. I snapped a photo of the rear view mirror (not quite in time to catch the beautiful large oak trees that form a canopy over Hwy 61.)
Later that night I read on Facebook that there was a head on collision on this same road. Right near where I snapped this photo. A speeding vehicle crossed over the yellow line and hit a car head on. The driver of the speeding vehicle did not survive.
Nor did the innocent driver (and her dog), of the car that was in her own lane with absolutely nowhere to go (because of the narrow/no shoulder and the trees that are everywhere.) The trees in this area are beautiful and historic. However, there has also been a lot of building (everywhere). Between increased traffic, speeding drivers and others who can’t stop texting to pay attention to the road – there have been many more accidents. This is a dangerous stretch. I used to rally for the trees but let me tell you. The time stamp on my photo is 3PM. The tragic accident occurred at 3:20. We were only TWENY MINUTES from possibly being in the same position.
We have to start realizing how important a human (or animal) life is. NOTHING is worth the risk to answer a text while driving. I have had friends hit and hurt badly. Family members as well. It’s an awful burden for them, for their families. Missed work. Pain that won’t end. Tests, hospital visits, doctor appointments. Please consider this before you text and drive. I know we all think it won’t happen to us, however we also know how untrue that statement is.
Let those you love know it. Cherish every moment – be grateful for every day.
Be safe and have a wonderful holiday season!