By mtjulietintern

Kenny Martin
City Manager
Mt. Juliet

In an effort to keep the wonderful people we serve safe, happy and healthy, I would like to remind our motoring community about a few of the bad habits I see while traveling our roadways.

I’m hoping this column will help drivers and make them more aware of the unnecessary chances we sometimes take as drivers. 

We’ve all seen drivers talking on cellphones, making notes, reading, eating, changing clothes, shaving, putting on makeup, rolling or combing their hair and so on. And keep in mind, these are things we do as drivers while actually operating motor vehicles on the roadways and highways. Lots of these things are done in heavy traffic situations at high speeds, while others are done in low-speed caution areas like, school zones and construction areas.

With that in mind, and I don’t want to sound as if I’m preaching, but wouldn’t it be much safer to wait until you reach a stop sign or stop light, or simply wait until you’re stopped to attempt these activities? I know we’ve done it thousands of times and gotten way with it.

And I know we think we’re good at it, but accidents happen everyday because of people who thought they were good at something. I think this is like a lot of things we do. We’ve done it for so long, we begin to think certain things will never happen to us. It’s the, “oh, that always happens to the other guy” mentality.

As we all know, the human mind can only translate a certain amount of information in a given time. Trying to do three things at once while operating a motor vehicle is a dangerous practice. Therefore, I am asking that all motorists please try and do better at simply driving. Our fast-paced lifestyles and lack of time put us in situations where we’re forced to take chances at times in futile attempts at making up time. And I personally believe your life isn’t worth risking over making up time.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but it scares me to think that a driver may be reading, making notes or just simply not paying attention while operating a motor vehicle beside, behind or in front of me. I think driving is a serious business that requires one’s full attention. I also think your life is too valuable to lose over drinking or drugged drivers and speeding and non-attentive drivers. Many a wonderful person has been taken from us because of accidents that didn’t have to happen. Some accidents aren’t actually accidents. They are events caused by people in a hurry, not paying attention and inebriated drivers.

In closing, please help yourself and others by paying more attention and slowing down. We like having you around and simply don’t want anything to happen to you.

Kenny Martin is city manager in Mt. Juliet.