No goofing around today folks.
A few days ago a friend posted a road safety clip on his Facebook page. It depicted two motorists on a remote New Zealand road.
The scene begins with a driver casually looking left and right before pulling out into the path of a motorist traveling at speed. What unfolded caught me by surprise. I was expecting yet another generic road safety advert and waited for the warning credits to roll over the backdrop of the crash. However, that didn’t happen. Instead the whole scene ground to a halt. Save the drivers, everything else was frozen in time. Confused, both guys get out of their cars and walk towards each other.
Immediately the driver that pulled out (we’ll call him checked shirt) somewhat sheepishly admits his mistake. The second figure (white shirt) responds with an air of someone who knows he’s in the right and hasn’t the time to stop. The surreal setting continues until the previously speeding car suddenly lurches forward.
With a sense of urgency, checked shirt, his voice beginning to shake, explains his son is in the back of the car and pleads for the other driver to stop. White shirt looked past him and into the car to see an innocent young boy sitting motionless. White shirt backs away, a haunted look on his face, leaving checked shirt holding his head.
Both men climb back into their cars. Seemingly with a sense of guilt, white shirt glances down at his speedometer, whereas checked shirt looks forlornly back at his son.
A millisecond later the cars collide. Checked shirt is thrown violently across the car in a hale of broken glass.
The screen fades to black, leaving the message, ‘Other people make mistakes. SLOW DOWN.’
Here is the clip. Warning, those with kids will find this distressing.
That clip has haunted me for days. Although that accident was brutal in the extreme, I see examples every morning of people making driving errors when dropping their kids off at school. While I’m not a faultless driver, I at least, judging by some people, do so with my eyes open.
Lastly, keep your kids safe. Over and out.