Editorial on traffic statistics, designated drivers on New Year's Eve.
The statistics are encouraging.
As of Friday morning, the Associated Press reports, 958 people have died in traffic accidents on Missouri roadways.
What is encouraging about this number is, barring some unforeseen catastrophe in the next couple of days, Missouri will record its lowest number of fatality accidents since 1993’s number of 949.
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety set a goal three years ago to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to under 1,000 by 2008. Now it appears that goal will be met a year early.
However encouraging those numbers are, let’s not rest on our laurels and get too comfortable about highway safety.
We should all know not to speed, to maintain a safe distance between our vehicle and the one in front of us, and never to imbibe and drive. We should know to use caution in inclement weather, and not to drive if we do not absolutely have to when the weather turns nasty.
As we enter a new year, let’s all resolve to not become a statistic. Let’s resolve to use our heads when we get behind the wheel.
On New Year’s Eve, let’s have a designated driver if needed. If we have a little too much celebration, let’s give someone else the keys.
As the old driver’s education film says, the life you save may be your own.
Neosho Daily News