FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Can You?
Although I would much rather memorialize the
birth of a loved one than their passing, tomorrow is
the second anniversary of the passing of a young
woman who meant so very much to me; someone I have
written about on our
shared birthday in March since she was taken
Two years ago, in a senseless automobile
accident, we lost Sara Kaufman. I am saddened
by the loss of a force of nature who I know was on
her way to making a big difference in many lives as
she worked towards entering public life. I
grieve for Sara’s friends and family members, and I
do not know how I will be able to get through the
years without our traditional birthday phone call
filled with the life, love and Saraisms that tripped
off her tongue, making me smile no matter what else
was going on in my life.
Sara’s death is made more poignant by some of the
disturbing statistics regarding distracted driving
as the person who hit her car was, by all accounts,
distracted by texting.
- In 2009, the year of Sara’s accident, there
were 30,797 fatal crashes in the United States,
which involved 45,230 drivers. In those crashes,
33,808 people died.
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes
involving driver distraction (16% of total
- The portion of drivers reportedly distracted
at the time of the fatal crashes increased from
7 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2009. (NHTSA.gov)
I admit that it is sometimes hard not to peek at
my cell phone for text messages while in my car; but
as a family caregiver, I stop myself because I
simply cannot think of a single phone call or text
that is worth adding to these statistics. Can you?