Saturday, October 11, 2014

Consequences: Unlicensed Driving

Many of the accidents that occur today while driving are completely preventable. And by preventable, I'm not talking about using better reflexes or hitting the brakes at the wrong time. I'm talking about decisions. The reason why I am picking this story is because it happened last week. That's how often and relevant these things are. So before you say "I'd never do something as crazy as these kids" just remember, they probably said the same thing too at one point. Each car crash that occurs in the real world has it's own story. Just as an FYI, this is pretty sad and deep.

Today, I'm going to talk about the story of a unlicensed teenage boy. He was an average 16 year old. Like any of us, he has his own life, stories, passions, dreams, desires, friends, and family.

So did his five friends...

One Friday night, he took his friends out to an amusement park. He drove them, being the oldest of the group. They stayed up past midnight and left at 2 in the morning.

Fatigued and with little experience on the road, the teen driver couldn't concentrate very well. He ended up crashing his car and it burst into flames. The unlicensed driver managed to escape, but his five friends were killed and burned beyond recognition.

In an instant, five lives were ended because of the actions of one. It was completely preventable. Now, the driver has to live the rest of his life knowing that he killed five of his best friends.

Where did he go wrong? From the very beginning, you shouldn't drive without a driver's license. Even so, in the first year of having a license, you aren't allowed to drive anyone else without someone over age of 25 (who is also licensed). In addition, you aren't allowed to drive between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM. The other mistake was having 6 people in a car with only 5 seat belts. This all could have been prevented by having an adult driver, like his parents.

This story is based on a real story that happened last week. Out of consideration for the friends and families of the victims, I haven't used any names. If you'd like to view the tragic real story, follow this link.

My condolences to the friends and families of the victims of this terrible crash. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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