6 road deaths occur in state in 24 hours -
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#1 Aug 30, 2007
Erica Weems was a coach, a mentor, and a best friend.
There's nothing bad that can be said about this woman. She loved and cared with all she had.
She will be greatly missed.
#3 Aug 31, 2007
What a sad day in MD my thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends.
I wish people would wise up and know that there are EVERY year over 44 THOUSAND people are killed on our roads and OVER 2 MILLION seriously injured.. This is not something that has JUST started happening. JUST in 7 years OVER 300 THOSAND people have died on US roads, and nothing is done about it?! Maybe if the media reported MORE about road crashes then Brittany Spears or Brad Pitt and the like, then maybe people will WAKE UP!
I wish ALL of our Police chiefs would wake up like Chief McMahon, instead of being out there WATCHING drivers RUN THROUGH red lights, SPEEDING, swerve all over the road because they are TEXTING or TALKING on their CELL Phones. DROWSY driving, etc etc .ACTION needs to be taken!
People this is a several TON BULLETT you're driving down the road and it is YOUR responsibility to drive it correct.
I work with an organization called Crash prevention and EVERY DAY there are TONS of deaths on our roads. The problem is when I speak about these problems people look at me as if I had TEN heads because why... IT HASN"T HAPPENED TO THEM YET! I say YET because they way drivers are IT WILL and CAN happen to YOU!!!! Speeding KILLS and is the #1 cause of crashes on our roads! Distracted driving #2 and Driving drunk .... As Chief McMahon states here
"They're not accidents. They're collisions. They're preventable,"
So let's WAKE UP Start realizing when you get in the vehicle that does 160 mph and your on those wonderful Cell phones the life you may take can be yours or someone else and will have to LIVE with that the rest of your lives! Can you?
To quote C. Everett Koop
"If a disease were killing our children in the proportion that CAR CRASHES are, people would be outraged and demand this killer be stopped."
Why aren't we demanding and driving correctly to make our roads safer?
In Loving Memory of my son who was killed by a repeat speeder talking on his cell phone!
#4 Aug 31, 2007
The conditions leading to these road deaths include a general collapse of the rule of law. Similar conditions allow the violence in Baltimore to grow and grow. Citizens must demand from their representatives that the rule of law be enforced. Demand it.
#5 Aug 31, 2007
You are saying what no one else is brave enough to say. The reason this will never change is because driving is sacrosanct in this country. People strongly believe they have the right to drive when and how they want to without any interference from anyone else, especially the gov't.
#6 Aug 31, 2007
to drive safe: you couldn't have said it better, and my sympathy is with you. I've never had a major accident but have had several near misses and they were frightening. Drivers: I understand the compulsion to "get back" at people who have offended you on the road, but I can tell you with certainly that often peopel don't even know they've offended you. So it's not worth putting your and other lives in danger just for the feeling that "I showed her!"
#7 Aug 31, 2007
cell phone/texting drivers are the worst. they're like drunks. one thing about driving and talking on a cell phone...the position of ones hand. what i mean is that the holding of the phone to the ear is the problem. if you move the hand and phone to in front of the face, it would be like a cb radio. the walkie talkie style phones would be needed but, it makes a huge difference. it really does.
#8 Aug 31, 2007
Slow down and Look around America.
#9 Sep 6, 2007
THIS CRAZY!! PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO PAY ATTENTION WHEN THEY ARE ON THE ROAD!! YES ERICA WAS THE VICTIM! A INNOCENT LIFE WAS LOST BECAUSE SOMEONE FAILED TO PAY ATTENTION!!
#10 Sep 6, 2007
According to Baynet.com , Erica Weems was killed because... "Ms. Harding failed to see the Dodge in time to avoid it and ran into its rear. The impact pushed the Dodge Neon across the center line and into the eastbound lane of MD Rt. 231."
Is there any penalty or consequence to someone doing something like this, which causes someone to be horribly burned to death?? Or do we just chalk it up as a sad "accident"? People need to be held accountable for their actions on the road, just like drunk drivers have been in recent years.
And it sounds like Ms. Harding probably owes her life to Ms. Weems, as she probably would have driven into Rt. 231 and hit the tractor trailer herself if she hadn't crashed into Ms. Weems' car.
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