WTVM Editorial: 3/3/17: Viral trooper video

(WTVM) - In case you missed it, an Indiana state trooper posted a unique video on Facebook that's been viewed over 14 million times.

It's a great example of one of the best ways to use social media to improve our quality of life.

In the video, the trooper says there is an 'amazing safety device' built into every car that could save lives, prevent accidents and cut down on road rage.

But he says too many drivers don't remember or know how to use them. That should get the attention of anyone who drives.

Trooper John Perrine uses a deadpan delivery as he explains that the often forgotten device called the 'turn signal' is important for every driver to actually use.

Driving courteously…what a concept! I think the trooper's video is genius. His video is so obvious, but so important. We would urge every parent with driving-age children to watch it.

It gets the message across to drivers of any age. Posting it to Facebook means that millions have seen it, not just the Indiana residents trooper Perrine protects.

So, in the spirit of the trooper's message about "forgotten built in safety equipment" on every vehicle, I would add that there are two other driver safety items on every car…they're called "headlights".

When twilight comes, too many local drivers forget to turn on their headlights and that can make their cars almost impossible to see.

If you have the "auto headlight " option, use it. That way you won't have to remember to turn your headlights on as the sunlight disappears.

At dusk or in heavy rain, always check to see if your headlights are on. Just because your dash lights are on, does not mean your headlights are on.

Using turn signals and headlights, not to mention seatbelts, is so simple. It's even the law. But the key is remembering to use them.

How tragic it would be for anyone to die because you didn't bother to use a turn signal, flip on your headlights or buckle up behind the wheel.


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