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        10-22-2009, 01:12 AM
    To anyone who has a license or aspires to get their license.... please read.

    Hello, my name is Allie.
    I have a few words to say to each and every one of you that gets behind the wheel of any sort of motorized vehicle.
    This probably sounds like any other lecture, but please know these are my words, my experience, my story.
    Every time you step behind the wheel, you have lives literally hanging on your fingertips. You have the capacity to kill - here's the catch though; your life isn't the only one on the line.
    I almost lost someone near and dear to me tonight. He was in a car accident a year and a half ago. The surgeons finally decided yesterday was the day to try and do hopefully the last surgery to fix the last problem. They went in, and ended up making more of a mess than what was there to begin with. Tests today revealed holes where they had gone in, and his chest began to fill with air. An emergency operation was scheduled for this afternoon... 7 1/2 hours later (yes, all in the OR) we just received word that he made it. He's alive. Not out of the woods yet by any means, but he's alive.

    So please... take the time to not be in a rush on the road. You don't need to be on a cell phone - people survived without them for a good long while. You don't need to text. Even the cheapest cars on the road come with turn signals - use them! Please shouldercheck. Please don't tailgate.
    Please take the time to make sure that you and everyone around you gets to their destinations alive. If you're late to a meeting or to a dinner or barbecue, who cares? At least you're getting there, period.

    Every day I get on the road and see someone I wish would lose their license. Just tonight there was an idiot who tailgated so badly that when the car in front of him slowed at all, he had to swerve in his lane to avoid hitting the car in front of him. He passed cars with narrow margins, and couldn't be bothered to use his turn signals to even warn other drivers.
    I couldn't help but wonder when he was going to end up getting hurt, or worse yet, hurting someone else.

    Thank you for reading this.
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        10-22-2009, 07:09 AM
    Ooh JDI! *hugs* I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I pray that he has a speedy and full recovery..

    I totally agree with what you are saying though..
        10-22-2009, 09:12 AM
    Hope his dad is recovering well. Send him my best wishes Allie.
        10-22-2009, 01:19 PM
    Thank you ladies. It's still all very surreal at this point.
        10-22-2009, 01:25 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree with everything you said. I hate it when people are crazy on the road, because 90% of the time they don't get as hurt as the person/people in the other cars that they hit or run off the road ect.. Its so sad.
        10-22-2009, 08:48 PM
    I have been driving for a couple of months and only have my beginner's permit, but I hate it when "experienced" drivers road rage me like crazy. They need to think back to the times when they were in my shoes and still very nervous of the road. And I hate it when people insist that they must go 10 over the speed limit. There is a speed LIMIT for a reason.

    I think, for some people anyways, as people get older and more experienced they get a little arrogant about their driving. I know my dad thinks that because he has been driving for infinity and beyond that he doesn't have to obey the laws like everybody else, but the second I make a minor mistake I am a terrible driver.
        10-23-2009, 11:55 AM
    If you have someplace to be and you hate being late, leave early.

    I HATE, HATE, HATE being late, but I still never rush. If I'm going somewhere that takes me an hour to get there then I leave an hour and half before I have to be there. I drive at a goodspeed, but I'm not at all careless or rushing.
        10-23-2009, 05:23 PM
    I totally agree with what you're saying! My uncle taught me to drive and the entire time he never let me go faster than 30... but now that I have my license, I go faster, but I never get in a rush... I hate people who tailgate and who don't drive safely...
        10-23-2009, 08:07 PM
    Most people don't understand the responsibility of getting behind that wheel. I could write a 15 page essay with statistics on speeding and car accidents but I have to get ready for work.

    Just remember that it is not only your life you endanger when you make the stupid decision to speed and that person you might kill or injury is someones son or daughter. Please just slow down and stay safe.
        10-23-2009, 09:16 PM
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    ^^I had to give that thumb up because your words are extremely wise.

    I'm so glad that he pulls though it, Allie. I hope speedy recovery to him.

    I'd add: never ever drive when you're drunk. Not so few months ago there was a car which was driven straight out of the road close to us home. It had even knocked one of the street lamps down. Later I heard that the driver had been slightly over 0.3% drunken when the cops had tested him.

    Hopefully there was nobody walking on the side of the road when this fella decided to take the car.

    Personally especially tailgaters drives me nut when I'm driving. So do youngsters who drive around with their mopeds and don't even care about traffic regulations. Don't they know that they'll hurt badly than me if they do something unexpected and I'll hit them?

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