Wow. Just as I sat down to write this, I have learned that another motorist has lost his life on Bermuda’s roads. The second in less than 24 hours.
It never ceases to amaze me how so many lives can change in the blink of an eye.
Now another set of parents have lost their son, while others may have lost their brother, father, uncle, godfather.
It’s sad, but unfortunately not uncommon on Bermuda’s roads. We mourn, we bawl. We buy the shirts and the pins…and then life goes on. For most.
As the mother of a teenager who attained her licence just a few months ago, I pray multiple times daily that she is safe while on that bike. It doesn’t have to be her riding carelessly to cause an accident. We’ve told her repeatedly to be aware of others as well.
Statistically though, she has a far less chance of losing her life on the road as it is for men, Black Bermudian men, who are normally victims. Read that sentence again. Because it’s true.
By now you should have heard about A Piece of the Rock: An Unspoken Epidemic, the chillingly honest documentary which has been recently released by A Piece of The Rock Limited in partnership with Burnt House Productions.
From the opening scene, you have no choice but to be still. Hearing about accidents are one thing, but to see the end results (from the lens of the EMTs) is another. Especially when the conclusion is death.
Although I had no idea who the victim was, I cried as if it was my relative. I cannot imagine how one’s family must feel when they have to endure such tragedy.
Having a child on the roads knowing this is a possibility makes me want to hide her keys forever.
The documentary is as real as it gets. Frank interviews, especially from young bike riders. I found it profound how they see what they do as leisure activity while to the average older Bermudian, they are risking their lives.
The forgotten victims
We hear about the accidents, see the carnage and, when motorists do not suffer life threatening injuries, we assume that life goes back to normal for everyone.
But does it?
Listening to the young amputee discuss his journey and watching the raw emotion of selfless mother Lauren Wilson, pulls at the heart strings.
Lauren is the epitome of dedication. In the documentary she recalls the frustration in the immediate aftermath of Wolde's accident and the tireless 13-year journey she has endured since.
Why go and see it?
The biggest injustice you could do is not attend one the free screenings. The film is beautifully narrated by Roddy Nesbitt and is a first class piece put together by Burnt House Productions.
It’s poignant without being over dramatic. It’s well-balanced while giving the cold hard facts.
Be sure to catch one of the final viewings this weekend. And grab a teen and take them with you.
Visit www.ptix.bm to see listings for this weekend's free viewings.