Your License to Kill … legally acquired

Your License to Kill … legally acquired!

The sub heading maybe provocative, however hear me out first. Getting a driver’s licence is one of those things we do as an act of passing thru to adult hood….at least in most developed countries. However it is a topic hotly associated with opinions, politics and subjected to huge peer pressure. On this page I would like to explore this topic and hopefully raise some conversation.

3 months after I was born, my mother’s elder brother and others were killed in a horrific accident many years ago one evening in South Canterbury. The death had a devasting effect on the family and to this day many many years later is an event that brimmers just below the surface in the family’s emotional countenance. As  a youngster growing up I was very aware of the Uncle I never knew and only experienced in the family photo’s. Today I had a parent ring me whose son was in a terrible accident who has lost his peripheral sight and joins the ever growing list of parents whose lives have had a knife stuck in and twisted. For the some the knife will never come out. The caller rang about driving simulators and driver training which has prompted this page and probably not surprising is a subject close to my heart where my company has an emerging activity.

First I would like to share a telling video that might be helpful and if you are a parent who has lost a child because of a car crash they may have particular relevance. Probably moreso if you have teenage children driving right at this moment or about to get their license. My question to you as a caring parent is … Are you setting them up to be killed or kill and are you aware of the devastation that could rip through your family, any hour, day or sometime this year …  a sobering thought I think all parents should think about and discuss witrh their teens. 

Simulators for driver training – Modern technology that is saving lives, raising skills, awareness and how it can save the heartbreak families are experiencing every day around the globe. If only YOUR teenager had been properly trained, tested and evaluated they could have been having dinner with you tonite. Make sure you watch the following video because it could easily have been your child teenager under observation in the simulator.

A very enlightening video from MSNBC that may well have you rethinking about your teenage driving children

One family that lost a son, in a sole car accident has gone onto influence and save teenage deaths. Joshua Brown’s death has gone as far as affecting  US State law. Joshua Brown Organisation If you wish to contact them …. Contact Brad Klaus at (678) 797-2303 or brad.klaus@joshuabrownfoundation.org.

The New Zealand Government places the cost of one single death on our roads at $5 million dollars (their published figures) and a non fatal accident at $500,000. This sobering cost to our society and national purse should make every Government sit up and determine to do something about. Will we see National, Labour, Act, Greens or the Maori Party make any affective promises in the forth coming election campaign … I doubt it, though there might be a policy published about raising the driving age or higher fines … but I am not holding my breath for a 21st Century solution policy for driver training. From where I sit if every traffic fine was dedicated to a 21st century answer to driver training, then your children, loved ones, partners are more likely to get home alive tonight. I think you’ll all agree with me hurting the pocket does not teach you to be a better driver.

Another American family has gone through the same gut wrenching, life changing event … here is their story …. A 15-year-old girl, killed in a car crash. She, the passenger in the car. The driver, a teenager himself. Now, more than two years later, the victim’s father is on a mission.

Michelle Sanderbeck had gone out with a group of teenagers to get ice cream but she never made it back home. She was killed on a winding road in Montville Township. She’d been a passenger in the back seat of a car, driven by another teenager, who lost control around a curve and crashed. Michelle was the only one in the car who was killed. The other teens were injured.

Michelle’s family, devastated, is now trying to save other parents from the same agony they’ve experienced. Ray and Debbie Sanderbeck, Michelle’s parents, are turning their pain into something positive. Ray has volunteered his time to teach teenagers how to drive safely. Read their full story and subsequent efforts here. And to think it all started because of a simple innocent quick trip to buy an ice cream! Mstarfoundation.com

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