If you’ve been on the Internet today, watched the news or even spoken to somebody, you might have heard about Paul Walker, the actor from the move ‘Fast and Furious’ (a dumb Hollywood flick that glamourises street racing, recklessness and the general misuse of transportary vehicles,) dying in a car crash.
It seems like everyone with an internet connection is posting “RIP Paul Walker” and things like “how could this have happened?” or “this is so tragic.” Yes, it’s all very tragic but what’s more tragic are all the other people who have ended up dying or being horribly injured in car crashes, maybe because they grew up watching the Fast and Furious movies, and they idolised the characters and thought it was cool to drive recklessly. How many people have died because they were directly or indirectly influenced by movies like Fast and Furious?
Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.
An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled.
Road crashes are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29
More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
The circumstances surrounding this incident and the way the public are reacting to it, remind me a lot of the Ryan Dunn case. Remember? the guy from Jackass who got himself killed in a car crash? Everybody got so upset over it, you couldn’t go to any website ever without seeing “RIP RYAN DUNN!” everywhere. The sad thing about Ryan Dunn that nobody seemed to have mentioned is that he effectively killed himself, (and his friend,) by driving whilst drunk.And let’s not get started on the amount of young guys that may have died from re-enacting some stupid stunt they saw on Jackass.
Moral of the story: Don’t drink OR drive.
Perhaps Paul Walkers death can serve as a grim reminder that driving fast and furiously is not cool, it’s deadly and stupid.