In recent weeks I have read that a new law will go into effect on Oct. 1, for adults not to smoke in cars in which children are riding.
Let me begin by saying I’m not a smoker, but I grew up with parents and have been around many family members and friends who smoke. It may be hard for people to understand who choose to smoke how offensive the odor of cigarettes can be if you are a non-smoker.
However, I think we have gone wrong in making other laws that kill, hurt, and leave people disabled and do much more damage than smoking. When alcohol was legalized it was a big step because we were told that the taxes would go to our school system. I must admit I have a several grandchildren in school and would like to believe this is true. I have researched many government and state grants that actually do help our educational system that the average person is not aware of because when it’s all said and done, no one makes the announcement at a parent / teacher meeting where the grants came from and everyone criticizes our government when they are usually the ones behind a lot of what goes on in our country. But that is another subject that Iâ€™ll try to write about at a later date.
The reason for this article is that I’d feel safer on the road with someone smoking rather than being sloppy drunk on alcohol or drugs or using a cell phone. And with that being said, let’s add: putting on make-up, eating while driving, trying to find something in the floorboard, or trying to adjust the music they are listening to at the time. All these things are dangerous, but no one is talking about them.
After all, it’s been years since alcohol was made legal, and everyone just shakes their head and keeps going on with their lives when families lose a member in a car wreck. I don’t believe in using the word, accident. Accidents from alcohol, drugs, doing anything with a cell phone or music station, do not get the attention it should because the attitude, is why do something after the fact. You can’t bring a person back to life!
Yes, smoking brings on many bad health issues and it would be better if everyone would quit, but I have read that it is easier to get off the hard drugs than it is to quit smoking. So I’m not criticizing the smoker because that is none of my business. I also know that second-hand smoke is bad, but if we are going to be getting serious about health and people getting sick and dying, why can’t we get serious about the other ways that people are dying, and being permanently disabled by drivers who are choosing to be careless and not care about the people in the cars around them. We forget the cars around us actually only a lot of steel wrapped around a family and we think the cars are much stronger than they are when hit.
If you start to think of the cars around you carrying family members who love each other, you may start to be a safer driver. ARRIVE ALIVE!
Make a commitment to drive safer today. If you speed: Quit.
If you drink and drive: Quit.
f you try to manage phone: Quit.
If you run under caution lights thinking you get a few minutes ahead: Quit.
In ending, I’d like to ask you to please tell other people about it. It is a shame that laws have to be made when common sense should be the answer.