Texting and Driving: Use Your Common Sense
Everyone knows that drinking and driving is the most dangerous decision you can make as an adult. Hundreds of thousands of people die every year as a result of such negligence. However, did you know that texting while driving is becoming a deadly epidemic in this country? CNN stated in a report by Nationwide Insurance that 37 percent of drivers ages 18-27 freely admit to texting while driving.
Of the 40,000 people killed in vehicle accidents each year, half or more are due to “distracted driver.” While some were due to people eating, putting on make-up, or drinking coffee, many were due to people using cellular phones. What will it take to make teens and adults alike realize that this is a serious problem?
One solution many are developing is banning texting while driving. This includes serious penalties to those caught texting behind the wheel. However, what happened to just using common sense? No one can possibly believe that they are that capable of driving while operating a keyboard. But people insist on practicing this every day.
My intention is to appeal to everyone’s sensibilities. Most of you hopefully would not think of getting behind the wheel of a two-ton vehicle after two drinks. So why do you insist on taking a call or answering a text while driving? There is no phone call important enough to ease the pain of knowing that you seriously injured or killed someone. More importantly, how would you feel knowing that your teenager, who doesn’t even have the brain capability to understand serious consequences, killed or injured someone on the road?
Parents, pay attention to your teen’s cell phone use. Let them know there are serious consequences to texting and driving. Don’t be afraid to confiscate their phone. Yes, they may be angry at you for taking away their "livelihood" but in the long run you know you could have saved and innocent person's life. As for yourselves, hold yourself accountable and realize that your best friend probably isn’t going to text you something so important that you have to stop your car to respond. This country is well on its way to using the words "involuntary manslaughter" or "vehicular homicide" to describe those convicted of texting and driving with dangerous consequences. We are swiftly coming to the point of serious jail time to make those who insist on endangering the lives of others. Trust me, you don't want those words behind your name.