A couple of weeks ago, I drove by an awful wreck. I kept an eye on the news that weekend hoping to see a report on the drivers and passengers of both vehicles. When I came across the article, I was glad to see that all involved had survived. There were two issues regarding safety that were mentioned in the article. The safety issues mentioned are popular topics and even have their own safety slogans.
The first safety issue was that the driver of the car that struck the other vehicle was driving under the influence. The CDC's site on Impaired Driving
provides prevention tips to prevent impaired people from getting behind the wheel. These prevention tips are:
- Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
- Don't let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
- If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
- If you're hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
The second safety issue was that neither the driver nor the passenger of the second car were wearing their seat belts. The CDC also has a page on Motor Vehicle Safety
that addresses the use of seat belts. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Reminders for seat belt use are:
- Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short.
- Require everyone in the car to buckle up, including those in the back seat.
It is important for drivers and passengers to remember to make smart and safe decisions every time they get into a vehicle.