I’ve written a lot of blogs about driver distraction lately. It’s the season to be jolly, but it’s hectic, busy, stressful and very easy to lose concentration for a brief moment.
I have lost close friends through driver distraction, most of them (not all) were innocent victims, doing everything right, but they are no longer with us.
Christmas Day for our family starts at the cemetery where we visit friends including a teenager who was an awesome human being, but will never grow up. He was a passenger in a vehicle the driver should not have been anywhere near. He was a great friend of the family and would have made a great father and husband. I will never forget sitting at his home, holding his cold hand after he returned from the funeral parlour and the solid outpouring of grief that continued for days and we still struggle with at times.
This compilation video from the Transport Action Commission in Victoria is the toughest watch I have ever seen. It is a compilation of 20 years of Australian safety videos, trying to reduce needless deaths on the road.
Christmas is coming and I am hoping that none of you will be grieving for a loved one that isn’t going to be there because of bad decisions on someone’s part. If you are still hurting badly from the loss of a loved one, don’t watch the following video. If you don’t watch the video, have a read of my blog from yesterday. There are plenty of things that you can do or stop doing that might extend your life.