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Bearnson 1 Alexander Bearnson April 13, 2010 Ronda Walker Weaver English 2010-Sec. 49 The New Drunk Driving The summer of 1968 brought another hard working day on the farm in Spanish Fork, Utah. My father (Brad) who at the time was eleven years old at the time was herding cattle with his fourteen year old brother Gary. Their humble home was situated on the main canyon highway, often travelled by tractor-trailers hauling heavy loads to and from the nearby mining facilities. A routine job of crossing the highway with the cattle was made several days a week. On this particular day, Gary was leading the way while my father walked a few hundred feet down the road to warn oncoming traffic of the cattle ahead. As Brad signaled for an oncoming semi-trailer to slow down, the truck railroaded past oblivious to his warning, and continued towards the cattle. Desperately running after the truck, Brad watched as the tractor-trailer pushed through the cattle and skidded sideways, stopping nearly 100 yards beyond the cattle and Gary. Running towards the crossing, Brad’s heart sank as he saw his brother lying dead and bleeding on the side of the road ahead. By the time He reached his brother, Gary’s mother had picked up her limp son’s body and was screaming for help. The truck driver set his drink on the tire of the truck before he ran towards Gary in regret. He watched as the crying mother screamed “Gary!”, as if to bring him back.
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Bearnson 2 The police and paramedics arrived within minutes and pronounced Gary dead at the scene. The driver of the truck sat somberly on the side of the road, avoiding eye contact as the police questioned him about the incident. He indicated that prior to the accident; he had consumed several alcoholic drinks while driving. The driver had in fact seen Brad waving in warning to slow down for the cattle ahead, however, due to the alcohol, he was slow to react. In order for the driver to slow down properly, he would have had to set his down and shift into a lower gear while applying the engine brake. Had the driver been sober and undistracted, he would have been able to stop in time and Gary would be alive today. Drunk driving continues to kill thousands each year worldwide. Along with alcohol, technology has introduced a new threat to everyone on the road. The invention of cellular devices over the past several years, we are able to connect with friends and family anywhere at any time. Every public area you and I step foot in, there is mobile communication taking place. This has revolutionized our lives and been beneficial in countless ways, including business, school, and our personal lives. Mobile communication has blessed the world, but in recent years it has become the culprit of several deaths on our roads. The use of electronic devices while driving, particularly cellular phones are now one of the most dangerous practices taking place today. A recent study conducted by David L. Strayer, PhD in Psychology, and professor at the University of Utah, determined that drivers who text are twice as likely to crash as an intoxicated driver. (Strayer,
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