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We mourn with our neighbors

Our hearts go out to our friends in neighboring Henry County.

The loss of life is always sad — the unexpected loss of a young life is tragic.

Regardless of the circumstances that caused the wreck involving Henry County teenagers this week, the tragedy has saddened us all and we give our condolences to family and friends.

It makes us think about how precious life is.

It also reminds us just how fragile life can be.

In our youth, we all think we are invincible.

We think bad things don’t happen to good people.

We think we have an entire life ahead of us full of excitng events, adventures, new experiences and all the time in the world to fulfill our dreams.

This week we are reminded that all of those things can be gone in a moment.

We encourage everyone, and especially our young people, to be circumspect on the roadways.

Of all the things we do in the course of a day, few things present a greater risk than operating a motor vehicle.

Whether the actions of others, our own distracted driving, speed, weather conditions or other factors more young people die from traffic accidents than any other non medical reasons.

We encourage our readers to always buckle up and to obey traffic laws.

For the most part, traffic laws are geared for our safety.

Speeding, following too closely, distracted driving, all forms of impaired driving, passing other vehicles across a solid line, and — of course — operating or riding in a vehicle without proper restraints are all risky — and sometimes deadly —behavior.

We hate reporting fatalities.

It is, in fact, one of the worst parts of our job.

However, the public needs to know and understand the very real and present dangers that exist each time we get behind the wheel or sit in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle.

Everyone, young and old, please take time to consider the dangers and to consider your friends, family and loved ones every time you drive.

Slow down.

Don’t text and drive.

Don’t drive impaired.

Don’t succumb to road rage.

And, always buckle up.