With Amateur Night, or New Year's Eve, approaching Sunday night, we at the Register want to encourage all drivers this weekend to be extra careful when on the roads.
We've already lost one young girl this holiday season because of an accident. While there's no indication this car crash was caused by anything other than unfortunate circumstances, at 17 years old, Lauren Rogers barely had time to live her life, and we want to make sure there are no other families grieving the loss of a loved one. Just about everyone knows someone who lost their lives prematurely. There's nothing worse than a life cut short, especially when it could be avoided.
If you choose to celebrate the new year by throwing back a few drinks, make sure you have a safe ride home. And if you find yourself on the road for whatever reason this weekend, take notice of your surroundings and the conditions of the road beneath you. It could make all the difference in the world.
The end of the year provides a time to reflect on the last 12 months and to think about the possibilities the next year has to offer. It's a time to give thanks for what we've accomplished and make adjustments for a better year in 2007. It shouldn't be a time for grief.
So as the clock ticks down to a new start for many of us, make good decisions and think of how those decisions will impact those around you. One mistake can turn a happy new year into a horrifying experience. So cheers to you and yours this weekend and, not matter what the circumstances, be careful out there.
The Register Editorial Board