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FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann
January is the time for New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight is at the top for most people. But how about avoiding distracted driving? Did you know that distracted driving accounts for about 25 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities? Nine people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. Wow. Of that statistic, teens have been the largest age group involved. Car crashes are the No. 1 teen- killers in the U.S. Take that in for a moment. Almost all of us do it. Our phone dings, and we glance toward it for a moment. If it’s something important, we may find ourselves focusing on the message instead of the most important thing … driving.
SHERLOCK HOLMES’ 164 TH BIRTHDAY! ‘E lementary , M y D ear W atson .’
Here are a few tips I’m going to try this year:
1. Put your phone on airplane mode when you are driving, especially short distances.
The most beloved of all fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes, celebrates his 164th birthday this month. It’s speculated that Holmes would have been born on Jan. 6 of 1854, and fans across the globe gather each year on this date to observe his “birth.” People don their pipes, top hats, and long coats and, with a chorus of “The game’s afoot,” settle down for a weekend marathon filled with novels, short stories, movies, and TV shows. The character Sherlock Holmes was created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who finished his first novella in 1886, called “A Study in Scarlet.” Although Doyle is best known for his four novels and a handful of short stories about the private detective Holmes and Dr. John Watson, it wasn’t his life’s goal. Doyle wanted to become a historical novelist and wrote several novels of the genre which were admired in his time but did not receive the same attention as Holmes. The author became so disgruntled with Holmes and his popularity that he finally killed the beloved character in 1893. But due to the public’s overwhelming reaction, Doyle grudgingly brought him back in the early 1900s. One of the most noticeable characteristics of Holmes’ character is his ability to use observation to solve cases. Through reasoning and scrutiny of the people and areas around him, Holmes solves seemingly impossible mysteries. These characteristics were inspired
2. Ask someone else to check your phone if it rings or dings.
3. Connect your device to your car.
Let’s all make the roadways safer for ourselves and for each other. Happy New Year!
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