Tragedy for all in Tiaro road death case
EDITORIAL: The tragic case of a Tiaro dad who killed a woman after falling asleep at the wheel is a reminder to any driver of how easily lives can change forever.
A trip to buy a gift in an attempt to repair his ailing marriage has cost the man not only his wife and kids, but also his independence and the future he had looked forward to.
His family was shattered - he lives alone, his kids see him only on supervised visits, and he now relies heavily on his mother, who is supporting him financially.
But worst by far is that it cost a woman her life, and tore another family apart.
He will have to face that fact every day of his life.
It highlights the danger of driving tired - something that almost everyone I know will admit to doing on occasion.
It's much more of a social taboo to get behind the wheel when you've been at the pub than it is to drive when you really should be in bed.
As the saying goes, friends don't let friends drive drunk. The fear of being breathalysed is also enough to put people off.
But there is no easy test to determine whether you're too tired to concentrate on the road.
If there is any good to come of this sad story, it can only be that it serves as a warning to others.
Pay attention on the roads.
If you're tired and your attention is starting to wander, pull over.
And never take anything in life for granted.