Driving is a privilege, not a right

Maddie O

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Distracted driving is an issue that cannot be disagreed with. It is seen all around us on a daily basis, and in some unfortunate cases, seen on newspapers or on the radio as a funeral or tragic medical situation. If everyone could be responsible on the road, according to assirt.org, 1.3 million lives would still be with us each year. An additional 20-50 million American citizens would be saved the financial, emotional, and physical struggle of injuries, some resulting in a lifetime of disabilities and hospital visits. One of the main contributions to these accidents is cell phones. Every car should have a system like Siri or Cortana in them, so a person can talk to the car and it sends text messages, plays certain music, pull up directions, etc. This would prevent people from taking their eyes off of the road. Another solution to solve the phone issue would be to make cars with a special slot that required the phone is placed in it while driving, and if it is removed at any point, a really annoying alarm goes off or something happens that would encourage the driver to not remove the phone. What would work for me is a message in advance placed in the vehicle reminding myself why I should not text and drive (I wouldn’t want my boyfriend too, I could crash and kill someone, etc.) and if the phone gets removed that message starts playing. I also believe that all cars should have a breathalyzer in it, and if the driver does not pass the test, the car does not move. I believe it should be government funded and mandatory that all cars without it be brought in to get these things placed in vehicles, and all new vehicles be made with them. Although it seems expensive, it would end up saving lots of money in the long run, and most importantly, many lives.


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Distracted driving is a major problem that can be solved by small and simple actions. Many teenagers are unaware that they are not invincible, but many adults are so comfortable behind the wheel they don’t remember all the heartbreaking and touching films they show in drivers ed. Although we will never be able to prevent distracted driving completely, as a society, we need to be considerate of each other and do our part to keep each other safe. What if someone injured or even killed your boyfriend, sister, dad, etc. because they just couldn’t wait to share the latest gossip with their friend or go five more minutes without the chapstick on the floor of the passenger’s seat?