Distraction can be Deadly!
“Every year the lives of almost 1.3 million people are cut short as a result of a road traffic crash. Between 20 to 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.”
Have you or a loved one been in a car crash? Let’s hope not! However, the likelihood is probably or most-likely.
Are you a SAFE driver or D`i~s/t*r=act.\>t.e.d Driver/ DWD or DWT??
Texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.~National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
According to Distraction.Gov Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving:
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. ~Distraction.Gov
“We, in a motorized world, have a lot to learn from the behavior of a school of fish,” says Toshiyuki Andou, the principal engineer of a Japanese car manufacturer who designed tiny robot cars that move in a group without collision by using cutting-edge technology that recreates the friendly travel environment of schooling fish.
An article: “Fish Schooling” helped me appreciate how we can reduce car crashes by imitating the behavior of schooling fish. The article mentioned that fish learn through their eyes and a special sense organ called the lateral line. Fish locate and perceive other fish and react to them using these senses. (The article makes one logically question: if engineers “design” car safety technology in imitation of schooling fish, who “designed” the fish?)…
What do fish do that we should do?! Here’s a quick summary of points I enjoyed from the article:
- Traveling side by side. Matching the speed of the fish beside them and maintaining their distance.
- Approaching. Fish draw nearer to fish which are farther away.
- Collision avoidance...changing direction to avoid contact with other fish.
The field of Biomemetics fascinates me. There is so much to learn from nature. Personally, I believe it’s important to cultivate and nurture an interest in nature and our fragile planet among young ones. THANKS for setting an example (worthy of imitation) for the young ones in your life!:)
All of us can contribute to the safe and friendly driving environment on any road we travel. THANK YOU so MUCH for not Texting or Drinking while Driving!:)
Patience is an essential quality to road safety. Everybody’s in a rush and running late. Nobody likes to wait in traffic. We all need to learn to wait not idle. Do you speed? Run red lights? View a stop sign as a suggestion? How many tickets have you gotten in the past year, 6 months, 3 months?
As a caregiver and Partner in Wellness–I strive to reflect in various aspects of my living respect for living! RESPECT the LIVING!:) Therefore, I can honestly share with You, my Respected Readers, I have NEVER gotten a driving ticket! I don’t speed. I don’t run red lights. I stop at stop signs. I wear my safety belt. I don’t rage. I yield. I forgive my fellow drivers.
Whenever I get into a vehicle to drive, I “think” this is a weapon in my hands and under my control. If I don’t pay attention and be super careful, I could seriously injure or kill someone! Driving is a life privilege not to be taken for granted.
Maybe, I partly feel that way after witnessing a terrible car crash in France! Interestingly, this crash happened the same day and same road on which Princess Diana died. Hubby and I were traveling the same road/highway as Diana earlier in the day and way before getting to the tunnel (Pont De L’Alma)…a (no-famous name) couple crashed while driving aka speeding a couple cars ahead of us.
We pulled over to help. Hubby stayed with the couple. They were badly, seriously injured. (I remember they had dogs that defecated in the car.) What I found shocking was no ambulance came! (Not right away anyway.) We waited for a long while and just police came!
Police seemed way more concerned about checking our passports than getting this couple or their dogs any medical help! Their primary concern was road safety and NOT helping the crash couple. I remember Hubby comforting/praying with them. Chato pleaded with the policeman to get them medical attention. This same policeman threatened to take Chato’s passport away if we didn’t leave the scene immediately! Chato refused to leave and insisted they get medical help!
Finally, so-called medical help arrived and the police forced us to leave and we never knew what happened to the injured couple. After that experience of seeing first hand the emphasis placed on maintaining traffic flow vs. emergency medical crash care…we were not surprised that Diana died.
Only 15% of countries have comprehensive laws relating to five key risk factors: speeding, drinking and driving, and the use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. ~World Health Organization
There are few global estimates of the costs of injury, but an estimate carried out in 2000 suggest that the economic cost of road traffic crashes was approximately US$ 518 billion. ~World Health Organization
The cost is way more than money! It’s wise to self-examine our driving habits i.e. frequency and safety habits! PLEASE–don’t endanger your life or anyone’s! Always buckle-up! Drive the speed limit.
“LOVE a LIVING Thing measured not just in the intensity of our feelings but in the reality of our Actions!”
What is the reality of your actions?! LOVE? Do your actions (while driving or not) reveal a love of/love for life?! a love for others?!
The Buddha’s parting exhortation to his disciples was to: “rely on yourselves and do not rely on external help; hold fast to the truth as a lamp; seek salvation alone in the truth; look not for assistance to anyone besides yourself.”
Buddha didn’t drive, we do… i cannot stay safe on any road without the help from You, fellow drivers!:) THANKS for your help! Always LIVE SAFE!:)
Winifred, J. (2012). Distraction can be Deadly!. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 14, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/wellness/2012/11/distraction-can-be-deadly/