Whenever you drive with passengers, you must recognize that you’re responsible for their lives. If you drive unsafely and crash, it’s your responsibility for what happens. A case in Baton Rouge from last month shows what can happen when this responsibility is ignored.
KTBS reported that four people died in a crash after a driver lost control of his speeding vehicle. One victim was a 2-year-old boy.
The driver was speeding when he struck a tree, then a chain-link fence, and then a house. The driver, another passenger, and the toddler all died in the collision. A man inside the home was also killed in the crash.
Speeding on an interstate is dangerous enough, but speeding in a residential area is worse. There are far more things you can hit and the roads turn much tighter. There can be little time to react if an animal, a child, or a reversing vehicle gets in your way, any of which can happen in a residential area.
The lesson is clear. Do not speed! Your passengers will thank you, especially if your lower speed prevents an accident. You can also thank yourself, knowing that your responsible actions kept everyone safe.
Be a hero. Stay below the speed limit.
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