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.