A Warning To Leave Your Feet On The Floor And Off Of The Dashboard

You drive down the highway and see everything these days.

Hurried corporate execs eating breakfast sandwiches while driving. Seventeen-year-olds texting while music is blaring… and the car is swerving. Women putting on makeup. Men putting on makeup!

In other words, the roads are dangerous enough. The last thing you need to do is add to these hazards by driving like this woman from Georgia.

According to WKRC:

Before Aug. 2, 2015, Audra Tatum used to ride with her foot pressed up against the dashboard of her car all the time.

“My husband would tell me, ‘If we have a wreck it’s going to break your leg.’ I dismissed him,” Tatum told NewsChannel 9.

Nearly two years ago, her perspective changed completely.

“We were heading to my parents’ to pick up our two sons. A car came up to a stop sign and we were coming down the road and he pulled out in front of us .. .we T-boned him,” she described.

At the time of the crash, Tatum wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was resting her foot up against the dashboard.

“When the airbag exploded, it pushed my foot up into my face,” she said.
Her nose, ankle, femur and shoulder were all broken by the force.

Why you feel the need to drive like a contortionist is beyond me.

Driving is uncomfortable enough…and then you put your foot on the dashboard?

I’d like to think this isn’t an epidemic spreading across the United States but if you are one of these acrobatic drivers–remember, you’re placing your nose, ankle, femur, and shoulder all at great risk.

One would think with all of the distracted driving, you would want to be as careful as possible.

Accidents are now ubiquitous.

The latest from from Forbes magazine reports 2016 was the deadliest year on American roads in almost a decade:

New preliminary 2016 data shared Wednesday from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes last year, a 6% rise from 2015. If those numbers bear out, it would be a 14% increase in deaths since 2014, the biggest two-year jump in more than five decades.

It also means that 2016 may have been the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007, the NSC says.

Crashes result in the very real cost of human life. But there are also millions more who are seriously injured—an estimated 4.6 million in 2016 according to NSC—and a financial cost to society as well. NSC estimates the cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage in 2016 was $432 billion, a 12% increase from the previous year. Those costs include losses in wages and productivity, medical expenses, property damage, employer costs and administrative expenses, the NSC says.

Put your seatbelt on. Put your phone down. And, please, put your leg down.

Regan Pifer

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Reagan Pifer has taught and researched American history and politics in higher education for ten years. These are her rants.