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Smart road safety

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Many drivers head to the highways in the 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Due to the traffic congestion, it can be deadly. That depends on each driver.

A drunken driver hit me when I was 16 in 1992 and I was severely injured. My hearing, talking and walking were damaged. I never expected that to happen but it did.

Texting has become a social norm. Drivers using cell phones believe nothing will happen. They may find out differently and it may be the last thing they do.

Directing all of your attention to driving is difficult for many if a phone is present. Drivers must challenge themselves and prove that life exists without conversations on the phone when driving.

Safe roads begin with safe drivers: Make it a routine to turn off your phone or place it on silent when driving. Keep it out of reach. Placing it in the glove compartment, back seat, or trunk are a few recommendations.

Let's say, you want to find an easy route to Oakdale Cowboy Museum or find out where your friend is located there? Find a place to park your vehicle and find the information using your phone then.

Also, keep looking at the road with sober eyes. If drinking is done at any gathering you attend, please make sure a sober driver drives you. Sober eyes belong on all drivers.

Please, do this each time you drive. You will not regret it.

Lori Martin,