Be careful honey, you only die once . . .

My mother would often say “You only die once” as I exited the front door of our family home to hop into the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend of mine.

I was about fifteen-years-old when she first used that phrase on me.

I remember being a happy and carefree teenager just on the verge of getting my driver’s license.

Mother did not forbid me to ride in cars with my friends.

Instead, she hugged me good-bye and said that familiar phrase, “be careful honey — you only die once.”

Did it work?

I must admit – it did.  It was a very effective method of keeping me on-guard and aware while driving with my friends.


WHAT:  A safety class designed to educate teenage (and adult) drivers are being offered once again in the City of Elk Grove.

It is being sponsored by Elk Grove Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.


  • September 29, 2015 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (1.5 hours)
  • October 3, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (1.5 hours)


The whole idea, in a nutshell, focuses on the life-changing consequence of making poor decisions while behind the wheel of a car.

Also covered, are the horrific outcomes for those riding as passengers in a car with a driver who makes terrible decisions.

See graphic photos, victim clothing and the car two brothers were occupying when an impaired motorist crossed over into their lane and killed them.

These types of accidents are real.  This is no joke!


Inside the Chambers of the Elk Grove City Council

8400 Laguna Palms Way

Elk Grove, California


Seating may be limited for this event. Therefore, reservations should be made through:

Ms. Misty Dailey
Community Service Officer
(916) 862-0597

You Only Die Once has been brought to you by the Elk Grove Edward A Smith Law Offices.

Life-altering car wrecks are to blame for taking more friends and loved ones from us than any other cause (for people 34 years of age and below).

Teenagers are at the highest risk for dying in distracted driving or impaired driving accident.

Don’t underestimate what can happen when you get behind the wheel to drive and start texting.

If you think you have a problem with distracted (texting while) driving, please come to the Before the Impact Presentation.  It might be just what you need to curb your obsession.

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer.  If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by the negligent act of another, please call me at (916) 694-0002 for free, friendly advice.  If you reside outside of the area, please call us toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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Photo Attribution:  Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office Facebook Page “Before the Impact”.

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