Yesterday, I went to our temporary Hamden branch, located in the former town hall building, to give the staff a brief presentation. While I was waiting for them to close up for the day, I noticed a stack of postcards on display that I hadn’t seen before.
The postcards were brought by the mother of young woman, Janeé Wallace, who was killed in a car accident Nov. 3, 2006. Janeé was a 16-year-old honor student at Hamden High School when the driver in the car she was traveling in on Interstate 91 lost control and crossed the median divider. The car was hit by another vehicle traveling northbound and sheered in half. What caused this fatal accident?
It was found out later that the driver was distracted by a text message on her cell phone.
The postcard serves as a reminder about the serious responsibility associated with driving. We probably don’t think about it most days because we are so busy running errands, going to and from work, or shuttling children from place to place. It becomes habit, almost an automatic action. While the postcard is geared towards teenage drivers in particular, its cautions are important for all of us to keep in mind.
- Obey the speed limit
- All occupants should wear seat-belts
- Understand that driving makes you responsible for the lives of others
- Don’t use handheld cell phones and don’t read or send text message while driving
- Don’t play road games (and keep your “road rage” in check)
The postcard urges people to be Janeé’s voice and to help spread these precautions to others. Please be careful on the roads and remind those you love to do the same.
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