Feeling helpless about the Las Vegas shooting? Make something positive out of it.

Yesterday I was watching a news program and one of the three hosts asked another, “Would you go to Vegas if you had a trip scheduled there this weekend?” One person said yes, one said no and the third commented, “You know, your chances of getting killed in a car accident on the way to the airport are a lot higher than getting killed in an incident like this.” And he was right, you’re over 1,000 times more likely to die from a car crash than an act of terrorism.

That got me thinking about how we could re-channel this tragedy to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we work with. Looking at it in that way, here are some causes of death that result in many fatalities and injuries that we can all immediately do something about:

Distracted Driving – In Las Vegas 58 people were killed and over 500 injured. Compare that with texting and other distracted types of driving that kill 63 and injure 7,000 in the U.S. every week. Another way of looking at it is that 2.5 million people are involved in road accidents each year and 1.5 million of them involve a cell phone.

Drunk Driving – About 10,000 people die each year due to drunk driving according to the CDC.

Driving in general – 37,000 people die each year due to crashes.

We can all redirect the negative energy from Las Vegas to focus our employees’ awareness about these issues which, when added together, are the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Emphatically tell your people not to text when driving, to wear their seat belts, and to never drive drunk or let others do so. We all have the power to take these simple steps, and doing so will save lives. Maybe we don’t have the power to save lives in a Las Vegas-type situation, but we do at home and in our businesses.

Frank Kenna III
October 4, 2017

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