You are not the exception
It is natural to think that bad things won’t happen to you. I know I often think of myself as the exception, not the rule. I’ve often thought to myself, ‘I’m confident in my driving skills. I know that I can pick a new song to listen to or mess with my hair as I drive. It’s not that hard to do two things at once.’ The truth is, I am the rule, not the exception. When it comes to reckless and distracted driving, there are no exceptions. One tiny mistake behind the wheel can lead to devastating results; injury, destruction, even death. When you get behind the wheel of a car, there are no do-overs or second chances. The choices you make will either protect you or change your life forever. I think in order to solve the problem of distracted and reckless driving in teens today, we need to change the way we talk about these issues. I think distracted driving should be highly publicized and discussed; an unavoidable topic. Billboards and street signs should remind drivers to look up and stay present. TV commercials and public service announcements should show the dangers and negative results of bad driving habits. If needed, police officers should be charged with seeking out drivers who are using electronics or not paying attention even more than usual, and cite them. Such a widespread and dangerous issue cannot be changed without facing the harsh reality. Distracted and reckless driving causes death, and must be stopped.
I wrote this essay because I am passionate about distracted and reckless driving and I think it is an issue that should be talked about more. I don’t want to see myself or anyone I am close to ever be affected by another driver who was too selfish to protect others on the road.