Everyday that I travel on Maryland roads and highways I observe driver behaviors that should frighten everyone. The trouble is these behaviors have become normal. Tailgating, failure to stop at stop signs and stop lights, unsafe passing, excessive speed, driving while texting, and driving while conversing on the cellular telephone to name just a few. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is an issue but driving safety and the observance of traffic laws perhaps is even more serious.
Everywhere you go in Maryland you find traffic memorials to people that have died in major collisions. Despite this outward and very public expression of sadness, behaviors do not seem to change. People still die because other reckless people take unsafe risks.
What’s really sad, is Maryland has few good examples to follow. Who is driving safely? The few that do often find themselves the victim of aggressive drivers. Regularly, we see folks with vanity plates breaking traffic laws and the kinds of vanity plates we see should shock us. Do we really notice?
When we talk amongst our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances we complain about how dangerous our highways are. We express our frustrations and worries about how dangerous it is to walk, ride a bicycle, roller blade, or even check the mail at our mailbox. It is so dangerous for our children they do not walk or ride a bicycle to school. They have to take a school bus and be dropped off at their own driveway! But are we also driving like the unsafe drivers we complain about? Each of us must examine their own driving behaviors and become an example setter.
StoptheMUD.org is an opinion participation site intended as a place to openly discuss driving safety. The hope is that discussions help create an awareness and prompts everyone to use more care on Maryland roads and highways. The MINGLE interface allows many users to enjoy a social-networking interface where you can make friends and talk amongst yourselves about safety issues that interest you. We call ourselves a dot ORG because all Marylanders should be organized to support driving safety. This is a commercial site. A very small advertising income partially supports it’s hosting cost. The owner, Doug Smith, is unable to work after having developed dystonia.
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We are not immortal. We can die when we collide driving in an unsafe manner. There is no second chance when the risk we have taken is too great. Not all collisions are accidents. Many are preventable. It never ceases to amaze, that almost everyone in Maryland is just a few people away from someone who knows someone that died in a traffic collision. Isn’t it time the horror came to an end?
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