Deadly distracations

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by

It’s been a rough few months for child and youth injuries in Wise County. And many, such as Saturday’s tragic accident on the tracks in Alvord, have resulted in a young person being taken before their time.

 In the case 14-year-old Marcus Silletti, it appears that loud music being played on headphones or ear buds prevented him from hearing a train coming up from behind.

A few years ago, Decatur High School student Chelsea Lunt was killed in an accident while driving to school. She had been texting.

And sometimes it’s not even the teen that was distracted. 16-year-old Aisha Bryant of Alvord was killed when another driver, who was apparently distracted, ran into her vehicle on U.S. 81/287 north of Decatur just a couple of months ago.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Distracted driving is a major cause.

Just look at nearly every school zone now and you’ll see signs outlawing the use of cell phones. The reason? Distracted driving.

It’s terrible when the young people in our community are killed, especially when in many cases, it appears the tragedy could have been prevented. While it is hard to find a positive in these cases, perhaps it will serve as a reminder for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of distractions. These deaths are all-too-real reminders of the consequences.

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