Solve Texting and Driving

Rachel P

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Not texting and driving seems like a no brainer to most people, until you are on the highway with no traffic and your mom asks what you want for dinner. In that moment, most people likely think well this one time it wont hurt. In this one time, though, it could hurt. Driving is something that people know better than to do but are still lured into doing it anyway. This is a dangerous habit and temptation. When thinking about the laws that are already in place to prevent texting and driving, most people would naturally decide that it is in their best interest to not do that, but in the moment, people are not thinking about a fine or any other penalty; they are thinking about whatever message just needs to be sent at that moment. They are thinking about the temporary unimportant consequences not the permanent and more important consequences. The first step to a better penalty is finding something that overpowers an immediate urge. Thinking of a penalty to meet this criterion is a daunting task, however, I am sure that it is possible. If it legal to confiscate someone’s cell phone, that could possibly be an effective way to end this act. If someone is threatened with losing their communication with the world around them, that is surely a way to ensure at least a regression in texting while driving. This, however, could cause results that last for only a short period of time, until it begins to slip drivers minds and the necessity to reply immediately resurfaces. But, there is a danger in that because if repercussion after repercussion still does nothing, people will feel like they won. I think that a good idea would be to penalize people who text and drive with something that’s more than just writing a text. If not something that will hinder their regular schedule or convenience, at least something that will take up their valuable time. One thing people hate is time wasted on something that they do not want to do. If drivers got their license taken away for a week to a month, that would cause people to take it much more seriously. Without being able to drive, people will have to completely rearrange their life and will have to ask people for help that they may not feel comfortable doing so. This is a strategy that seems drastic and controlling but to prevent people from doing something, sometimes that is what it takes. If someone was forced to do community service or sit through an extensive seminar as well as paying a fee, that would be financially draining and mentally frustrating. It could be more likely to cause a change in behavior if the penalty cost people their precious time. The best ways to attack this issue, I believe, is to make the penalties things that effect a person’s life or day, not just their bank account. Using this way of thinking, people would likely be more careful, not wanting to cause problems getting to work or missing a practice for school. If convenience is taken away, a person is truly losing something that is important to them.