The end of the road  

rm_1sexyroo 56M/55F
103 posts
5/27/2006 1:49 am

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6/3/2006 11:53 pm

The end of the road

It's the end of May - a happy time for many parents as their children are Graduating from school and making the transition from teen to young adult. But for some, it's the end of the road. Literally.
They're appearing in greater numbers along our major roads and highways - crosses, flowers, trinkets, messages, spontaneous shrines in honour of someone who has died in a road crash at that spot and as I was making a 45 minute trip to a nearby community yesterday, I counted no less than 13 road side memorials to someones son or daughter, some ones brother or sister, grandchild or cousin. All under the age of 20. All were the results of car accidents - speed racing, driving while under the influence - only one was for a 14 year old girl who has just disappeared off the face of the earth while waiting at a bus stop. One was a 17 year old boy on a motor cycle who had only gotten license hours before.
The end of the road.
No more Birthdays, no more Christmases or family gatherings. No weddings, no growing old with families of their own. No great careers - who knows if any one of these young people could have been the one to find a cure for Cancer, Aids or any other terminal disease.
Tonight on the news, an ER Doctor took time to attend one of the local high schools to inform them of what they could expect if they should be lucky enough to grace his ER. He showed them all the neat tubes and medical gadgets that he would use to try and save their lives. And he showed them what they could expect to wear should he not be lucky enough to save them - "A body bag is not your typical Grad Attire" he stated, "but for one or two of you, it may very well be." Some of these kids actually laughed!
There are always those who make the rounds of the high schools this time of year. The survivors of these accidents and those that have been left behind to forever remember that which has changed not only their life, but the lives of so many more.
The Police and Paramedics, with usually very graphic picture of horrendous accidents and stories to match.
What does it take for these young people to lose the "It won't happen to me" attitude? How many of their friends or family members will they have to lose before it really hits home that it can and will happen to them if they don't make the right choices?
Before they become another roadside memorial.

SleekIcilyVarix 41M

5/27/2006 3:51 am

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Dangerous Decisions) does some really cool things to get the message across (Grim Reaper Day, a staged accident during which one of their peers appears to be dead and is carted off in a bodybag...)...powerful, effective, and much needed. It's a program that should be in every high school.

rm_1sexyroo 56M/55F
333 posts
5/28/2006 11:17 pm

That's an awesome idea - they should make it mandatory for Graduation!

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