Road Safety?

Michael A. Bohrn, MD, FACEP, president of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, says there’s an additional clue towards the end of the song. He points to the line that reads “they should never give a license to a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves.”

Does this suggest distracted driving caused the accident?

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According to Dr. Bohrn, who practices in York, PA, dangerous events can happen when distracted driving occurs, so this is a realistic possibility. Furthermore, he says, accidents can happen even when a driver is not distracted, particularly at night if pedestrians are not dressed to be easily seen.

Assuming it was a distracted driver situation, Dr. Bohrn says operating a vehicle – including a sled with a team of reindeers as an engine – takes significant concentration.

“I’ve seen my share of car accident victims as the result of drivers not paying attention to the road,” says Dr. Bohrn. “If you think you can text and drive at the same time, think twice. It doesn’t take much for an accident to happen.”

Furthermore, Dr. Bohrn says that if you must walk outside at night, it’s best to carry a flashlight, walk with a friend in well-lit areas, and wear reflective gear to help drivers see you.

But, while these may be the cause of Grandma’s demise, Dr. Bohrn thinks the likelihood is low.