REDUCE ROADWAY FATALITIES
Jesse McIntyre (Construction Co. Owner)
In Tennessee they practically give DL’s away. I found this out when I took a young man to get his license in Sumner Co. I’d given him a few months of driving lessons in my then wife’s car. I hoped he was ready. After. I approached him concerned he’d been flunked. When I asked him what has happened he told me the test was a short drive up to the highway and back. I couldn’t believe it. I’d paid for driving school when I was getting my license up in Kansas City and I’d never been in an accident that I had caused. I’ll definitely read your book The Careless Driver and pass it on.
(Founder 'Magnetic Dreams" FX
Very good overview of how little effort we put into drivers training in Tennessee. We just seem to accept the huge number of highway fatalities as a part of modern life. Van Heyden makes a compelling argument that just a bit of effort could make a significant difference. I spent a few years as a transplant coordinator and saw up close the families that are devastated by these statistics. Great, practical call to action.
Twenty-one year- old Casey Feldman was struck and killed by a distracted driver in July, 2009 in Ocean City, NJ. She was crossing the street in a crosswalk during daylight hours at an intersection governed by 4-way stop signs. She was ¾ of the way across the street, yet the driver claimed that he never saw her. He was distracted and was looking away from the road and reaching for an object.
Charles Van Heyden
I was forced to hit a 22 year old driver who ran a stop sign from a blind corner! He escaped serious injury only because I was able to slow my vehicle from 35 mph to 15 mph before impact.