Imagine waiting for your daughter and her fiance at Disney’s wedding planner and them not showing up.
Imagine driving home and seeing emergency vehicles in front of your home and then seeing your daughter’s mangled bicycle.
Imagine thinking your daughter is safe on her school bus coming home and being wrong.
Imagine your college graduation day and driving with your parents but the three of you never get home.
Imagine telling your child to stop texting while driving or they’re going to be in an accident and then being right.
Imagine talking to your friend on the phone while they’re driving and then the call goes silent.
Imagine driving to pick your daughter up from daycare and getting a phone call that changes your life forever.
Imagine around 100 stories like this happening every single day in our country.
It’s hard to imagine that every day in the United States approximately 100 people die on our roadways. It’s also hard to imagine that most of these crashes were 100% preventable.
And these stories don’t end the day of the crash.
Imagine finding out the person responsible for taking your mom receives the same traffic fine as if they had hit a mailbox.
Imagine sitting in a courtroom and seeing no remorse from the man who took three of your family members and only having his license revoked for a few weeks.
Imagine having to give a DNA sample so your child can be identified.
Imagine hearing a defense attorney partially blaming your son, who was killed by a drunk driver, for just being there.
Imagine waking up in the hospital and finding out both your parents are gone.
Imagine making the decision to take your eight year old child off life support on Thanksgiving Day.
These stories are not based on imagination, they are real. These families, our family, imagine ever day what it would be like “if only”. I can only imagine now how my mom would laugh at all the things that come out of my daughter’s mouth. Would she love the way we remodeled the “her” guest room? What type of gifts would she have given this last Christmas? How excited she would have been sitting at all her grandchildren’s recitals, concerts, sporting events, graduations, weddings and so forth.
All we can do is imagine…
I would like you to imagine now. Imagine you’re out celebrating with friends and you “think” you can drive. Imagine your cell phone ringing and having to reach over to grab it. Imagine being late for an appointment and rushing to get there.
Now believe… believe that it can happen to you and your loved ones. These dangerous behaviors significantly increase your chances of causing a crash, not an accident, a crash. Just because someone doesn’t mean to hurt or kill another doesn’t mean they are not responsible for causing it.
Statistics show that 70% of these crashes are due to human error by impairment, speeding, reckless behavior and distraction. The other percentages are due to vehicle malfunction (such as bad tires or not inflated properly which of course could be attributed to human error) and weather (many times people drive too fast for conditions, again human error).
This doesn’t just happen to other people. I never thought it would happen to our family. And I know Jennifer, Carol, Russell, Kim, Maureen, Nancy, John, Shelley, Donna, Charlene, David, Judy, Doug, Shelli, Elissa, Deanna, Amanda, JoDee, Kris, Patricia, Lori, Jeff and so many more people that I have met over the years never dreamed it would happen to them.
None of us are immune to other people’s bad choices, but we can control ours.
So I imagine a day when a life will be more important than a drink or a phone call or rushing to an appointment. Imagine with me, please, and together we can end this needless heartache!