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Weekly photo challenge: Perspective

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The photo challenge this week from WordPress is to show perspective.  As usual my mind pulled me this and that way when I considered what to do with that concept.  I think I know what the photo challenge developers are getting at with the assignment.  But I think, this  week, I have to go in another direction.

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Because, you see, I’ve been thinking about truck safety stuff more lately.   My family was permanently upended in December of 2004 because of a truck, but that doesn’t mean I eat and breath trucking issues every day.  I slip into complacency just like anyone might.  But this week a letter was published in the New York Times from Joan Claybrook, who once headed NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the Joan Claybrook who helped get seat belts mandated, the Joan Claybrook who fights the good fight for all of us on highway safety issues still today.  You can read her short letter here.  So this week my thoughts on perspective are slightly skewed toward safety and trucks.

I see some awful stupid stuff on my long commute to and from work.  In our hurry to get where we’re going some of us driving the cars are making moves that aren’t worth the risk.  Let me plead with you.  Please, never cut in front of a semi.  Never careen crazily around a slower truck.  Never shift lanes without warning to gain an extra 100 yards in stopped traffic.  Never tail gate behind that big rig.  Put down your phone.  Pay attention.  Stay away from the trucks.  Stay as far away as you can get.  Because when you look at the big picture, when you see in perspective how small you are next to them, well, it’s obvious who will be the loser in any truck/car altercation.

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No matter whose fault it is, if you tangle with a semi truck you and your family are going to lose.

The trucking industry is still lobbying hard to get bigger and heavier trucks on the roads.  The roads they share with you and me.  Despite overwhelmingly public disapproval for larger or heavier trucks, they are still trying; in just about every major bill before Congress there is an attempt to override states law size and weight limitations.

You can help by calling your Senators and Representatives and telling them you don’t want bigger or heavier trucks on the roads you and your families drive.  People are already dying.  People are already living with life long injuries.  Bigger and heavier trucks will not make the numbers of deaths (approximately 4,000 a year) or injuries (approximately 100,000 a year) go down.

Let’s keep trucks in perspective.  Let’s stop bigger trucks.  Visit the Truck Safety Coalition’s website for more information.

Please.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: Perspective

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  2. I had a scary experience last year when I was hauling my oxen. A car turned right at red light, right in my path. He apparently didn’t see 20,000 lbs barreling his way because his cell phone conversation was so interesting. I narrowly missed hitting him, I felt my animals in the back getting tossed around by my braking. Now, if I had been a semi, hauling double the weight, the story wouldn’t have a happy ending. Why do people get so complacent around big trucks… and trains for that matter?

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    • I’m sorry you had that experience Jamie, and hope all the animals were OK. Drivers sometimes act like they are invincible…maybe because they’ve never had anything happen in their family. I hope that by sharing our experience more people realize that it can happen to anyone.

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  3. I wish you could ask for the right to post, and receive that right, of the photo of the trooper walking beside the semi truck in Dad’s case.

    Or put a car like Dad’s or your brother’s car next to a truck. There are millions of people who drive cars that size. In the photo, your SUV looks small, but a compact car and a semi truck?????

    Plus look at the side view, and see where your head would be in a drive under. That is really scary!

    Katie says ‘no, No, NO ! ‘ to bigger and/or heavier trucks. Do you think the trucking industry will listen to the Princess?

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    • Yea, when I took this picture I wished I had the Buick, which is smaller..and about the size of the car Dad was in. But that’s not here right now, so had to go with the vehicle I had. Still is a big difference between my car and the truck, that’s for sure.

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  4. And your car is twice as big as mine! Size, in this case, is going to win every time.

    There is a stretch of the NJ turnpike where there is a separate highway for trucks and cars. You can opt to go in the ‘truck’ section, but trucks can’t go into the car section. I wonder why more highways aren’t built that way, or why they decided to do that there? If we could choose the safer option, would we? Sometimes the truck section has less traffic, but why take the risk?

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    • I know Sara….the smaller the car the worse it is…though the troopers told us it wouldn’t have mattered if Dad had been in a bigger vehicle. We were feeling guilty that we had not convinced him to buy something bigger when he bought the car he was in at the time of the crash. I guess even a big pickup truck wouldn’t have saved him.

      Like the idea of separate highways for trucks. Bet there’s a story behind that. Wish it could be all over. I would NEVER opt to go in the lanes the trucks were in even if my commute would be half as long. NEVER.

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  6. You should see the way people drive here in the rain.
    Lily & Edward

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  11. Very Important Perspective (VIP), Dawn! Same for your reminders.

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    • I wish I could get inside the heads of everyone so they pay attention. Even if I never get any of the legislation through, if I could just make people see how dangerous it all is lives could be saved.

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  12. Maybe not what the challenge creators were after, but a good lesson on perspective nonetheless. And all your points about driving are worth hearing. At some point in my early twenties, I came to the same realizations. Same thing about bicycling on the roadside. In that case, I really do understand why people do it. But being right in the eyes of the law won’t undo damage from an accident with a car; and it’s the same thing with cars vs. trucks.

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  14. And then there are the drunk drivers. I feel like every week here, some in Columbia has killed someone. But the drunk driver never dies. Weird. And then you find out the person has been picked up 5 times for DUI. Ugh! We need stricken laws. Why are these people still on the road??

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  15. Seriously,
    I’ve had an incident, as well w/ a HUGE semi. I was only young, but will always remember.
    They scare the HELL out of me.

    Xxx

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