Interstate 95 has been the source of some trouble lately. The east coast interstate highway was closed in North Carolina earlier this month because of flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Then, a tanker truck accident briefly closed the interstate and caused an evacuation of nearby residents.
We've all been there: stuck in an interminable traffic jam, inching forward at a snail's pace. It's irritating to be caught up in a line of cars with no exit ramp in sight. Many people turn to their cellphones in order to lower their frustration through texting, surfing or gaming. Initially, this form of escape may alleviate boredom until one glance too long at the phone causes a car accident. Afterwards, that form of escape may lead to a police ticket, a fine and an increase in insurance rates.
An accident may result from a moment's carelessness, but it can leave a family changed forever. When the injured person is a child, serious injuries can lead to a lifetime of special needs.
In various aspects of life, goal setting can be measurably beneficial. Let's hope that a goal set by the U.S. government recently will actually result in measurable safety improvements here in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S.