Aaron's Law

Aaron's Law To educate and inform the public of about the consequences of negligent driving, as well as, safety education to prevent vehicular collisions.
Our son Aaron was a 17 year old, bright, vibrant young high school student. He made us laugh. He was in love. He was creative and eclectic. He loved history and science, he was a thinker. He enjoyed musical theatre and classic cars. He wanted to help people, and had been helping us since he was a little boy in our ministry, "The Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge." His future was bright. Aaron could have been anything he wanted. But all that ended one day in the blink of an eye. In an instant, a RED traffic light was ignored, and our son was gone. Aaron and his dad were rebuilding his 1973 VW bug. Aaron was also rebuilding a motorcycle with our friend James, as well as, learning how to rebuild computers. He was an active intelligent person. The last conversation I had with my son was one we had repeated hundreds of times. I would say, "Be Careful!" He would say, "I'm a good driver, Mom"; which he was. The events leading up to Aaron's death seem like yesterday. I had injured my foot the day before, so I was home from work. Aaron had an appointment in Norman after school, and didn't want to drive his car that distance on the interstate; so he came home on his lunch hour to trade his 1973 VW bug for my car. He came into my room, where I sat with my foot propped up in bed. He got my car keys and asked "Can I have some money for lunch mom?" I gave him a 20, and he said "thanks Mom!" and headed out the door. I had no idea it was the last time I would ever see him. A couple hours later, Aaron was headed home; he was stopped at the light at Reno and Morgan in Oklahoma City. A driver who reported that; "she was taking her sister to the hospital because her son had been transported there, saw the light turn yellow, and gunned her vehicle". She actually went through the light, according to the police a full three seconds after it had turned RED. She struck (T-boned) Aaron's car coming from his left. He was killed instantly. She repeatedly said in court that "it was just an accident". It isn't an accident when you choose to ignore the traffic signal and the results are a fatality. That is a conscious choice. In Oklahoma it is only a felony for killingl someone if you are impaired. However if you willfully run a red light resulting in the death of a person it is only a misdemeanor. I believe that since it is a conscious choice it should hold more weight than if a person were impaired. This driver had a long history of reckless driving and a disregard for the safety of her fellow drivers. Since Aaron's death, I have worked to understand the current Oklahoma Law and how it can be changed. I devote my energies to this cause. I do it for Aaron, and for all of you. Driving is a privilege, not a right. It's a privilege that should NOT be abused.
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Our goal is to educate people about the severity of the consequences when driving laws are not obeyed. It usually isn't the person who committed the act of negligence that is killed. It is an innocent victim of their negligence. We want everyone to pay attention while driving, obey all traffic regulations, to drive sober, and to not text and drive, perhaps then we could all ARRIVE ALIVE!

Mission: To educate the public on the dangers of negligent driving and to bring promote awareness that "RED MEANS STOP"

Agree, this would be a step back.
11/26/2019
azcentral

Agree, this would be a step back.

Opinion: The Phoenix City Council needs to reconsider its dumb decision to turn off the cameras that catch red-light runners. Here are 132 reasons why.

Where you need to go and how fast you want to get there, doesn’t equal the importance of the life of a child.  JUST ST...
11/25/2019
National Coalition for Safer Roads

Where you need to go and how fast you want to get there, doesn’t equal the importance of the life of a child. JUST STOP!!!!

Thank you Maryland for your work! We MUST get real! When we start making irrational decisions in our vehicles while driving around a school bus it is time to get off the roads! Childrens LIves are at stake! https://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2019/10/so-many-drivers-not-stopping-for-flashing-red-lights-on-moco-buses-the-numbers/ #SchoolBusArm #KiddosInDanger #STOP #ChildrenAtRisk

I remember how difficult it was for the officers when they came to our home.  It was someone else not Aaron who caused h...
11/24/2019

I remember how difficult it was for the officers when they came to our home. It was someone else not Aaron who caused his death, but for the officers it was the anger at the person who killed him. A stupid, selfish decision that resulted in a young mans death and they had to tell the parents. God bless and protect first responders emotionally and physically.

I'll Look at Your Facebook Profile Before I Tell Your Mother You're Dead

It kind of keeps me human. You see, I’m about to change their lives; your mom and dad, that is. In about five minutes, they will never be the same, they will never be happy again. Right now, to be honest, you’re just a nameless dead body that feels like a wet bag of newspapers that we have been pounding on, sticking IV lines and tubes and needles in, trying desperately to save you. There’s no motion, no life, nothing to tell me you once had dreams or aspirations. I owe it to them to learn just a bit about you before I go in.

Because right now . . . all I am is mad at you, for what you did to yourself and what you are about to do to them.

I know nothing about you. I owe it to your mom to peek inside of your once-living world.

Maybe you were texting instead of watching the road, or you were drunk when you should have Ubered. Perhaps you snorted heroin or Xanax for the first time or a line of coke, tried meth or popped a Vicodin at the campus party and did a couple shots. Maybe you just rode your bike without a helmet or didn’t heed your parents’ warning when they asked you not to hang out with that “friend,” or to be more cautious when coming to a four-way stop. Maybe you just gave up.

Maybe it was just your time, but chances are . . . it wasn’t.

So I pick up your faded picture of your driver’s license and click on my iPhone, flip to Facebook and search your name. Chances are we’ll have one mutual friend somewhere. I know a lot of people.

I see you wearing the same necklace and earrings that now sit in a specimen cup on the counter, the same ball cap or jacket that has been split open with trauma scissors and pulled under the backboard, the lining stained with blood. Looks like you were wearing it to the U2 concert. I heard it was great.

I see your smile, how it should be, the color of eyes when they are filled with life, your time on the beach, blowing out candles, Christmas at Grandma’s; oh you have a Maltese, too. I see that. I see you standing with your mom and dad in front of the sign to your college. Good, I’ll know exactly who they are when I walk into the room. It makes it that much easier for me, one less question I need to ask.

You’re kind of lucky that you don’t have to see it. Dad screaming your name over and over, mom pulling her hair out, curled up on the floor with her hand over her head as if she’s trying to protect herself from unseen blows.

I check your page before I tell them you’re dead because it reminds me that I am talking about a person, someone they love; it quiets the voice in my head that is screaming at you right now shouting: “How could you do this to them, to people you are supposed to love!”

- Louis M. Profeta

For the love of God, put down your phone, slow down, come to a complete stop, go the speed limit, and drive like your life depends on it. Because it does. And if that’s not enough, drive like other peoples lives depend on it... because it does.

Don’t ruin your family’s or our holiday season...

- Chief Smith & your Shoshone Police Department

I will sadly predict an uptick in fatalities due to red light running.  But the pocket book of the living seems to be mo...
11/22/2019
azfamily 3TV CBS 5

I will sadly predict an uptick in fatalities due to red light running. But the pocket book of the living seems to be more important than those they kill with their negligent driving.

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My Last Day on Earth
11/05/2019
My Last Day on Earth

My Last Day on Earth

Check out #MyGivingStory and vote to help me win $10,000 for my favorite nonprofit organization! It's the time of year to focus on giving and generosity. Together, we can make a difference!

Driver gets 8 months for texting & driving crash that killed Virginia woman
11/05/2019
Driver gets 8 months for texting & driving crash that killed Virginia woman

Driver gets 8 months for texting & driving crash that killed Virginia woman

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for causing a fatal crash while texting and driving. News outlets report 58-year-old Samuel Allebaugh pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter as part of a deal that sentenced him to nine years in p...

Driver gets 8 months for texting & driving crash that killed Virginia woman
11/02/2019
Driver gets 8 months for texting & driving crash that killed Virginia woman

Driver gets 8 months for texting & driving crash that killed Virginia woman

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for causing a fatal crash while texting and driving. News outlets report 58-year-old Samuel Allebaugh pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter as part of a deal that sentenced him to nine years in p...

10/28/2019
KSL 5 TV

KSL 5 TV

WOW. Just WOW. Look at these close calls after drivers blatantly ignore laws. When that stop sign arm comes out, THAT MEANS STOP! How can we get everyone to understand?

International Road Victims' Partnership
10/27/2019

International Road Victims' Partnership

Verra Mobility
10/23/2019
Verra Mobility

Verra Mobility

Driving around a stopped school bus is not only dangerous, but against the law! Stop arm cameras protect children from reckless drivers who fail to stop for school buses. Here’s how they work: http://bit.ly/2PcbRMB #StopArmSafety #NSBSW2019

Driving MBA
10/23/2019
Driving MBA

Driving MBA

Parents - it's #NationalTeenDriverSafetyWeek! Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. Take a look at NHTSA's #RulesoftheRoad and discuss them with your teen!

Verra Mobility
10/23/2019

Verra Mobility

#NationalSchoolBusSafetyWeek is here to help educate communities about the importance of #StopArmSafety – we want to do our part too! Check out our 2018-19 School Bus Report Card to see how we are enhancing school bus safety: http://bit.ly/33Rxq9q

End Distracted Driving
10/22/2019
End Distracted Driving

End Distracted Driving

Cady Reynolds was driving her best friend home from a movie near Omaha, NE when another 16-year-old driver was distracted and ran a red light, slamming into Cady’s car at 50 mph. Cady was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries and died the next day. We are honoring her life today on what should be her birthday: http://ow.ly/WKNA50wqWD2 #DistractedDriving #EndDD #RealLives

Oklahoma Highway Patrol
10/22/2019

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Eliminate those distractions. Please drive safely.

A brother should not have to introduce his child to his brother via a grave.  Your actions have long reaching consequenc...
10/20/2019

A brother should not have to introduce his child to his brother via a grave. Your actions have long reaching consequences. ALWAYS STOP on RED!

10/19/2019

Today Aaron would have turned 28. We miss you more than words can say sweet son. Happy Birthday in Heaven. Love Mom and Dad.

Waterford woman charged in death of man driving home from wedding
10/15/2019
Waterford woman charged in death of man driving home from wedding

Waterford woman charged in death of man driving home from wedding

Edgar Gonzalez, 20, and his girlfriend were driving home to Waterford CA from a wedding they’d attended in Oakdale the evening of May 4 when a vehicle traveling the opposite direction swerved into their lane.

Cars that pass stopped school buses a problem in Kent
10/15/2019
Cars that pass stopped school buses a problem in Kent

Cars that pass stopped school buses a problem in Kent

“It’s a huge issue. The issue is we got cars going through our reds when we stop to pick up or disembark students,” said Rick Lewis, the transportation supervisor for

Brendan Lyons, MPA - Public Figure
10/11/2019

Brendan Lyons, MPA - Public Figure

As a firefighter, I've responded to tragic, sometimes fatal traffic collisions. As a cyclist, I've been on the receiving end of such traumatic crashes. As a safety advocate, I've advanced public policies in an attempt to mitigate such preventable incidents from ever occurring. No matter how much exposure, my visceral reaction has remained constant. DO SOMETHING!!!

Yesterday evening, returning from Phoenix, I onsighted a motorcyclist down, screaming in agony in the middle of a busy intersection. I've never understood how anyone could see their fellow man down, in so much pain, ignore & continue on their way. Truly troubles me!

Of course, previous instincts and training kicked in, I blocked the scene with my truck. Jumped out, immediately secured c-spine, while advising onlookers to quit recording and to call 911. Law enforcement arrived within minutes blocking both directions of traffic. Firefighters & EMS expeditiously immobilized the man to a long backboard. His screams pierced deep within my soul. His extremities had obvious signs of deformity. All he cared about was his wife.

Because I arrived just moments after this incident, I won't speculate as to who was at fault. However, I share this to remind you that 94% of all vehicular collisions are the direct result of human error. When behind the wheel, or operating any motor vehicle, your sole responsibility is to all who you share the road with.

Don't be so damn selfish!! Don't Operate Impaired; Stay The Hell Off Your Phone; Pay Attention; & remember "A Moment's Distraction can be a Lifetime of Regret"! #LookSaveALife #HandsFreeAZ #HeadsUpPhonesDown

More South Carolinians are dying from drivers running red lights, local police speak out
09/22/2019
More South Carolinians are dying from drivers running red lights, local police speak out

More South Carolinians are dying from drivers running red lights, local police speak out

In South Carolina, 11 people died in 2017 from drivers running red lights, bringing the total to 127 since 2008, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study says nationally, the most recent data shows that's a 10-year high and a 28% increase since 2012. “There’s just to...

Eau Claire Police: Red light violations a problem
09/20/2019
Eau Claire Police: Red light violations a problem

Eau Claire Police: Red light violations a problem

A report from AAA Wisconsin says in the last 10 years there has been a 150- percent increase in the number of deaths related to drivers running red lights. According to the Eau Claire Police Depart…

FLASHING RED LIGHTS ON SCHOOL BUSES MEANS OTHER VEHICLES MUST STOP
09/20/2019
FLASHING RED LIGHTS ON SCHOOL BUSES MEANS OTHER VEHICLES MUST STOP

FLASHING RED LIGHTS ON SCHOOL BUSES MEANS OTHER VEHICLES MUST STOP

Now that school is back in session, many drivers may encounter school buses on their daily commute that are either picking up kids for school or dropping them off at home. Often the stop takes a few moments and can back up traffic, which can be very inconvenient when you are in a hurry to get to you...

09/16/2019

Tonight I watched a perfect example of why you dont get ahead by running the light.

I had a car speed up to the left of me, it entered the intersection after the light turned red. I stopped. After the light changes to green, I proceeded to go straight and there ahead of me was the car that had run the ligh, we both stopped at the next light. Because the lane then merged, he wound up behind me.

Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance
09/16/2019

Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance

Our Executive Director, Barb Tucker Hoffman, gave a presentation today at the Chandler Business Alliance breakfast at BLD Chandler. #stoponred2019

More South Carolinians are dying from drivers running red lights, local police speak out
09/14/2019
More South Carolinians are dying from drivers running red lights, local police speak out

More South Carolinians are dying from drivers running red lights, local police speak out

In South Carolina, 11 people died in 2017 from drivers running red lights, bringing the total to 127 since 2008, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study says nationally, the most recent data shows that's a 10-year high and a 28% increase since 2012. “There’s just to...

Huge volume of drivers ignoring SAISD school bus stop signs through 1st 3 weeks of school
09/09/2019
Huge volume of drivers ignoring SAISD school bus stop signs through 1st 3 weeks of school

Huge volume of drivers ignoring SAISD school bus stop signs through 1st 3 weeks of school

SAN ANTONIO - Through the first 15 days of the new school year, San Antonio ISD has caught 1,389 drivers ignoring school bus stop signs through it's video program. That's an average of more than 92 a day, in a district with 155 buses. In response to an Open Records Request, the district provided us....

Sharing from: Mentones News & Information.
09/04/2019

Sharing from: Mentones News & Information.

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According to a preliminary 2009 federal report, there were 2,217,000 persons injured in motor vehicle collisions in the United States. That is 6,074 people every day, 253 people hour and 4 persons every minute.

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