The Bizzare & the Reality

Pizza would be the last thing you would think of if ever you’ve had an accident, but that is what happened precisely in January 2013 when an unnamed elderly man accidentally crash drove into a pizza restaurant in Lincoln, USA.  Fortunately the man’s car was the perfect size to fit right through the door of the restaurant. But as people around him called 911, the man coolly ordered a pizza for himself!

But not everyone is as lucky to crash into a food corner. In 2010, a man who wanted to renew his driver’s license crashed into the Department of Licensing office in Spokane Valley, Washington. Well, whether his licence was renewed or not is anybody’s guess!

Theft of car often ends in traffic tragedies. Like it happened in case of Amanda Jeffries. In  2012, Jeffries stole a white pickup truck. Police pursued Jeffries for about four minutes. The chase ended soon when Jeffries crashed right into the administration offices of the downtown San Angelo police headquarters! If the Police played the spoilsport here, in case of a 13 year old New Jersey boy, his mother did. In 2012, the thirteen year old stole a car, but when he saw his mother driving in the opposite lane he became so nervous that he crashed into a tree.  The misadventure ended in the hospital where he had to be treated for a broken nose and a hip injury!

If you’ve had your share of laughter, it is time for a reality check. Traffic accidents are hardly funny!

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released fatal traffic crash data for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA data, which was collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015.

The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, and road related deaths accounted for a 2.6-percent increase from the previous year.

NHTSA found that deaths related to other reckless behaviors – including speeding, alcohol impairment, and not wearing seat belts – continued to increase.

NHTSA also continues to promote vehicle technologies that hold the potential to reduce the number of crashes and save thousands of lives every year, and may eventually help reduce or eliminate human error and the mistakes that drivers make behind the wheel.

To curb fatal road tragedies, it is essential to promote the three A’s – Awareness, Alertness and Applications that promote road safety!

If you want to keep the smile of your loved ones intact practice the three A’s.

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