What do these numbers mean to you ... 4, 4, 13, 7, 6 and 8? Any idea? If one adds them together, the total is 42. But they're more than just numbers. They're lives.
Forty-two is the number of people who lost their lives in car crashes in Taylor County over the past six years.
That's 42 people who left loved ones behind involuntarily ... unexpectedly. And those 42 are mourned by many, many more.
That's why the death of a Campbellsville teenager in a collision in Green County last week was so sad. While her death did not count in our "numbers," it certainly counted to many in the community. From all accounts, the teen was well liked and had the potential to someday make a difference in her community.
But that's the problem. Traffic collisions know no boundaries. They don't just happen to "other" people. They could happen to any of us - at any time.
Some readers prefer not to see photos of wrecks in the newspaper. But if the resulting publicity helps to encourage others to pay more attention to their driving and to their speed, then it's a positive trade-off.
But we can't just cross our fingers and hope it doesn't happen to us. We must be proactive, educate ourselves and others and use extra caution when we're on the roads.
Even one death is too many.