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I'm Tired of Seeing Moms Do This

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This morning, while streaming through Instagram, I saw a mom take video of herself dancing while driving. At one point, her hands were up off the wheel. She had received a few "likes" off of it. I wonder if she would have received "likes" if she was seen walking into a school with a loaded gun, casually waving it around.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death to our young people, yet we never really talk about it.

This Sunday is The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

It is held each year on the third Sunday of November. This little known day was started in 1993 and is dedicated to remembering the millions killed and injured in road crashes, their families and communities who are trying to make the epidemic end.

Millions of people die in preventable car crashes, and yet the site for WDR has only 3,700 likes on Facebook vs. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has 450,480 likes. Nearly half the deaths from guns are from people who commit suicide. Car crashes surpass the number of deaths and, yet, look around you: people are talking and driving everywhere.

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Here are things you can do help make our roads safer:

1. Model good behavior while driving.

2. Help spread the word if you are on social media. Use the hashtags #drivesafe, #WDR15, #itcanwait

3. Stop taking selfies or video while driving. Call people out if they are doing so.

4. Light a candle this Sunday in honor of someone you have lost due to a car crash. Explain to your family why you are doing this and why it is important to drive safely.

5. Many parents who have lost children have become advocates for safer roads themselves. Help support their sites and other organizations that are trying to make our roads safer.

Organizations such as: The Conor Lynch Foundation, Vision Zero, Vision Zero LA, Finish The Ride, The Casey Feldman Foundation and many more.

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death to our young people, yet attention to causes that work toward preventing crashes goes mostly unnoticed. What gets more attention are parents who make videos and snap really cute photos while driving. This makes me cringe, sure, it also makes me angry.

Some parents will say, "I'm parked," but it's obvious not everyone is pulling over first. I think people who take selfies while driving should suffer the same stigma as women who smoke while pregnant. It's unhealthy—dangerous, even—and it's totally a choice.

Last year, a 32-year-old woman posted on Facebook that a song made her "Happy." Minutes later, she was killed in a head-on collision.

Just no.

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