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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.
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
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.