Jumping to Conclusions

Posted: July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

We all do it. The act of deciding what is going to happen in the end, before we gather all of the information. I know I am guilty, I told my husband how the book I am reading was going to end the other night, but I am only 50 pages in. We watch crime thrillers and vote who done it, long before all of the evidence is gathered…and then expect that everything will be neatly wrapped up in under an hour. In real life, we don’t like cliff-hangers, so we predict what the next move is going to be. We jump to conclusions and make choices before we know all the details.

As of late we have seen a lot of people jumping to conclusions around car crashes. We admit sometimes it is hard not to. But, we want to encourage everyone, to wait for the facts before making the final call. Just because it looks like or sounds like a crash may be alcohol related, it is important to wait until we have confirmation from law enforcement. They are the ones in charge of collecting all of the evidence, doing all of the appropriate tests and making sure that all of the facts are right in the end. It is important to wait until we hear from them before we jump to the conclusion that a crash is alcohol related. There are a lot of other things it could be, a lot of factors that weigh in that we don’t see through the media.

What we can do is come together to support families in their time of loss, alcohol-related or not, a car crash fatality is always tragic and too sudden. And then we can step back and we can wait. Let the officers investigating the crash do their job and wait until we hear what they have to say instead of jumping to conclusions. And while we wait, feel free to jump to whatever conclusions you want about what happens next on your favorite television shows.

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