We are all aware of the tragic accident that happened on Madison Avenue in Lakewood with the youngbochur who got hurt. Unfortunately, this is a story that happens every couple of years. I personally know of many circumstances of tragic accidents happening to friends of mine.
Let us examine some of the reasons for this. Most of us dress in black, which makes it extremely difficult for drivers to see pedestrians crossing. At the same time, the cars are very fast on those roads, which makes it extremely difficult for drivers to stop in time.
We need to spread awareness before other people get hurt. For years, Hatzolah and community doctors have stressed that pedestrians need to wear reflectors at night. There are a lot of people who move in to the community each year and might not be aware of the importance of these reflectors. Everyone should know of the life saving abilities of these reflectors and wear them, even if the bright yellow reflectors might not be “cool” or whatever.
Also, pedestrians should only cross at traffic lights or stop signs. Even if they don’t see any cars coming, beware. Cars are coming, and a lapse of judgment, or an untied shoelace, can chas veshalom cause a terrible tragedy.
Also, the importance of driving carefully, especially at night, has to be stressed. The speed that some of these cars are moving, especially on dark roads, is crazy. I know that people want to get to their job or seder on time, or they are in a rush for other reasons. However, leaving two minutes earlier and driving safely will solve that problem. A car is a dangerous machine and should be treated as such. If there are people out there who feel that they are incapable of driving slowly or carefully, then they should take a defensive driving course or simply let someone else drive. Human life is at stake!
Let’s stop these accidents from happening.
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