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Letter: State leaders, clergy should address loss of life on roads

Since 2011, more than 10,000 people have died in traffic accidents on our roads and highways in Georgia. Since 2011, to no avail, I have been soliciting our state leaders, Gov. Nathan Deal, Sen. Butch Miller and Rep. Lee Hawkins, to take action to reduce the toll of this continuing tragedy. They apparently are able to ignore those terrible deaths as well as the far reaching devastating social effects on the families of those whose lives have been cut short. 

At church on Sunday, while listening to the sermon presented by our new pastor, I realized there may be another strategy that may be used to address the continuing tragic and senseless loss of life. More than 850 people have been killed in traffic accidents in Georgia since Jan. 1. The pastor preached that we should take care of each other to make the world a better place. 

How much better a place would our world be if “just” 400 people die in traffic accidents in Georgia next year, instead of the projected 1,200 or 1,300 people?

I am writing to challenge the pastors in Hall County and throughout Georgia to preach briefly each and every Sunday about the continuing highway tragedies and encourage the folks in their congregations to slow down when they drive, leave a safe distance behind the car in front of them  and be courteous as they drive — drive like Jesus would.

How Christian is it for our state “leaders” to continue to ignore the long-lasting implications of the deaths they allow to occur on our roads day in and day out? 

Pastors, make the world a better place and please preach to save the lives of the people in your congregations.

Frank Lock


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