Think for One Minute

Tara L

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One of the worst days of my life was the day my friend and I crashed into a tree because she was driving recklessly and thought it was hilarious. Reckless and distracted driving is a huge problem in the United States as well as around the world. Everytime I drive, I notice at least five people fiddling with the radio and not looking at the road and their surroundings, texting, or simply talking to a passenger in the car. These actions can cause drivers to harm themselves, their passengers, pedestrians, as well as other drivers around them. Nearly half of all drivers text while driving, which is a ridiculous statistic for a country where texting and driving is heavily looked down upon. Eighty two percent of drivers have said they have made it a point to stop texting and driving and feel good about doing so, however this does not completely cancel out their risk of getting into an accident. This is because the other eighteen percent of drivers who were surveyed continue to either text and drive, or simply drive without focusing all of their attention on the road and their surroundings. Being educated on the multitude of possible negative outcomes that can result in distracted driving is the best way to prevent this from happening, aside from laws being changed to make texting and driving illegal. I live in New Jersey, where there are laws in place to outlaw texting and driving, however this law does not help as much as it should. I believe people who continue to text or drive distracted are doing so because they do not realize what terrible things could happen because of their doing. Making sure seminars are present in schools and workplaces could definitely help to significantly reduce the amount of distracted driving that goes on in the United States. I took driver’s education my sophomore year of high school, which was a class that really drilled into the student’s heads that driving while distracted is a mistake, but it has been a long time since that class, and I believe these important rules should be reinforced in students minds especially, being that they are the leading cause of accidents on the road. Thinking for just one minute about the consequences of driving distracted could save your own life as well as so many other people.