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Remembering those killed on the road

Posted by lapearce on June 15, 2009

Neighbors tie ribbon around tree to honor three children killed in a crash in 2007

Neighbors tie ribbon around tree to honor three children killed in a crash in 2007

Yesterday was the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It may not have made it on your calendar, but when you figure that more Americans die every year in car crashes than Americans were killed in the Korean War it is apparent that this is a problem that needs to be remembered, but more importantly, needs to be addressed.

The above link says about this memorial:

We are all vulnerable, but some are more vulnerable than others

Remember the deaths we forget

More than malaria

A tsunami every three months

A 9/11 every day

The leading killer of the young and the healthy

The leading killer of the young and the healthy. And yet, it is a problem that we seem to want to forget, or are ignorant to the fact that it even exists. This day of remembrance comes in the middle of the most deadly time for teen drivers. Thousands of teens have already died this year, and thousands more will give their lives before the year is over. As the year comes to an end, we will have lost more young lives to car crashes than we’ve lost in the entire Iraq War.

So why aren’t people on our street corners with signs to save teen drivers? Why aren’t we demanding change in the realms of driver’s education. We know what the solution is: better laws, parental involvement and better driver’s training. So why aren’t we outraged that not enough is being done to solve this problem. I am not trying to minimize those lost in the Iraq War, but aren’t these young people also dying in vein?

The point of remembering those who are lost, in my opinion, is to carry on their legacy and to not allow history to repeat itself. If we forget why something horrible happens, we run the risk of having it happen again. In justifying the Holocaust, Hilter reportedly said, “For who remembers the Armenians?” As a society, we are choosing to forget the epidemic that is killing our teens in this nation.

It’s time for us to stand up and to demand that something be done to address the number one killer of teens. Laws need to be changed, parents need to be involved in the process, and teens need better in-car training to better prepare themselves for the dangers on the road. Hopefully, one day in the future, car crashes will no longer be the number one killer of our young and our healthy.

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