The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 12, 2014

Safety first

Remember to keep safety in mind before it’s too late

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Safety comes first.

How many times have we heard that saying? Quite a few, we’d hazard to guess.

Now, how many times do we all really put safety first, especially when we are running behind and we’re on the road trying to get somewhere? We bet, if people are being honest, safety often slips out of the first spot in those situations.

When we’re on our streets and highways, though, should be when we really put safety first.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen some traffic accidents recently in our area and the rest of the state that we can’t help but think could have been prevented if people really put safety first.

There was an accident in Oklahoma City last month in which a 4-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle and killed after he was dropped off at school.

Earlier this week, an Arkansas man was killed when his pickup was hit by a train in Medford. There have been several other accidents in northwest Oklahoma, too, that have left people dead or injured.

We understand that people’s lives are busy. With work, family and everything else in our lives, we sometimes wish there were more hours in the day to get everything accomplished.

But, all of that means nothing if we fall victim to an accident. We all need to just slow down, step back and make safety the most important thing.

Safety really needs to come first.