This seemingly innocent, but extremely selfish act kills thousands each year

Teens, adults, moms, dads, grandparents, politicians, and even police officers, they all have one thing in common: being distracted behind the wheel. The carelessness of most people getting behind the wheel of a nearly two-ton hunk of metal is astounding.

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, car accidents attributed to more than 37,000 deaths a year in the U.S. as well as over 2 million injuries. The costs of car accidents also exceed $230 billion. Yet, every stop sign, intersection, cross-walk, residential street, and so on, you will see that most drivers disobey the simplest laws. Laws that should be more common sense and courtesy rather than laws.

The sad part? Most people don’t even see it as an issue. So what if you don’t fully stop at a stop sign, yield when approaching a cross-walk, or god forbid, drive 25 mph in a residential neighborhood or school zone. No one considers anyone but themselves while behind the wheel, and that is a major issue.

This is not a generational problem, just take a short drive and you will see all demographics carelessly endangering the lives of those around them. This is a society problem. Selfless acts don’t only come from giving tangible things, but simply from being aware of your surroundings and being courteous at all times.

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