This time, I want to share some thoughts about a very different topic. Now let me start off by saying that I’d be the first to admit that I’m not the best driver in the world. Far from it. Sometimes I’m sure I’m the guy that no one wants to be behind, and other times, when I’m in a hurry, my foot gets a little too heavy on the gas. And I don’t always pay as much attention as I should. With that said, I am in no way going to preach to people about their driving habits. That’s not the point of this post. I just wanted to share my thoughts about a very disturbing and eyeopening video that seems to be making its way around the Internet.
This video, featuring the message “Drive Safely,” attempts to show people the consequences of being distracted while driving. It’s basically a seven minute long montage of car accidents. The scenes are brutal, intense, and very graphic. But I think the video serves its purpose. After watching, I was very disturbed by it. But later, when I was out on the road, I found myself driving a little slower and paying a little more attention. I don’t think the person who made the video wants to gross people out with gore and death, I believe he or she really just wants people to think, and be a little bit more careful while driving.
I can sort of relate to this video for two reasons. When I was three years old, a guy went through a red light and broadsided the car my mom, my sister, and I were in. We ended up in someone’s front yard, stuck right between two huge trees. If we had hit either of the trees head on, the car would have been crushed. If we had missed the trees completely, we would have crashed into the person’s house. The seatbelts for the back seats did not work. At the time, I had no idea how lucky we were to all walk away from that. Also, back in November of 2000, a year before I met her, my wife Jacquelyn was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Main St. in Keene. She was pretty much tossed in the air and landed on her head, fracturing her skull. Although the physical scars have healed by now, to this day, she does not remember the accident itself and is still feeling some effects. Some of her mental skills, such as her concentration, are not what they were before the accident. According to doctors, they never will be. But all things considered, she realizes how lucky she was as this could have ended a lot more tragically.
Anyway, here’s the link to the video itself. I just want to warn you, once again, that it’s intense and VERY VERY GRAPHIC. If you don’t think you can handle it, please don’t watch it. If you start watching and start freaking out after the first minute or so, please turn it off. It doesn’t get any better. I debated whether or not I would even post it as it is quite disturbing and I don’t want people to think I’m just being sadistic. I think it has a good message that anyone who drives a car should listen to. But this video is not for everyone, I can’t stress that enough.
Anyone who is brave enough to watch, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about it. And anyone who has any information regarding the source of this video, I’d be interested to know that as well.