Friends’ foolish risks can be fatal
By Dr. Robert Wallace ’Tween 12 and 20 January 22, 2013 1:28PM
Updated: February 24, 2013 6:15AM
Dr. Wallace: My boyfriend and his buddies are insane drivers. Sometimes they race on the Santa Monica Freeway at speeds up to 95 mph! I have informed Mario that I refuse to ride with him when he and his friends drag race. Secretly, I hope that the Highway Patrol catches all of them when they’re racing.
Even though Mario is out of control when he is behind the wheel, he behaves himself the rest of the time. Is there anything I can do to make him stop racing?
I fear for his life and the lives of innocent drivers and passengers in other cars.
Angel, East Los Angeles, Calif.
Angel: Have Mario read the following description from a Southern California newspaper of a crash that took the lives of five teens several years ago. If this doesn’t impress him, nothing will:
“Five teens were killed instantly when their automobile went out of control and plunged down a 75-foot embankment. A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said the victims were trying to catch up to two cars in front of them filled with their friends. Witnesses told police that all three cars were weaving in and out of traffic at speeds up to 100 mph on a Southern California freeway.
After the crash, the two lead cars stopped. When the officers approached, one of the drivers shouted, “I guess we all really screwed up!”
Most young people feel they are invincible and fail to grasp that reckless behavior can have tragic consequences. Young people are just as mortal and just as subject to the laws of physics as the rest of us. And they die in large numbers because they take foolish risks behind the wheel.
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