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Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Girl On A Mission

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

To be a free spirit can be a great thing. But to think you're invincible can be dangerous.

It seems the highways are full of drivers who believe they are invincible. Otherwise, why do they take the risks they do and put my life in jeopardy? What is so important that motorists take the chances they do?

I'm a pretty defensive driver, generally driving the speed limit. (Those two little incidences on the ice definitely were not my fault.)

Drivers are taking deadly chances -- passing on curves, passing on double lines, passing on hills, and therefore, putting my life and that of other drivers in danger. I believe these thrill seekers must live by the motto "Drive fast and take lots of chances."

Last weekend I was in Hot Springs and came across an accident. It was a bad one. A motorcyclist swerved to avoid a dog that ran into his path. The motorcyclist ran into a ditch, hitting a telephone pole. He wasn't wearing a helmet, and he died.

I wondered all week if he would have lived if he had worn a helmet. He was only 34 years old. He had his whole life ahead of him. Not any longer, thanks to an unleashed dog and not wearing a helmet.

A thousand times this man that I didn't know ran across my mind. I wondered if he left a child behind. I thought about his wife and the pain she must be going through with the knowledge she will never see her husband again. And I thought about his parents. The loss of a child must be the worse nightmare a parent will ever face.

Using caution on the highways is just plain common sense. Anything can happen in a split second.

As a reporter, I have been to many accident scenes. Imagine what emergency workers and police officers witness every day.

I would like to make an appeal to drivers to be careful. You're not invincible. Family members and friends do not want to attend your funeral. I'm sure they would rather attend a celebration in honor of your life.