What do I do?

Macie R

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Boom. Everything moves in slow motion. “What happened?” I’m alone, scared and don’t know what to do. ‘Will anyone help? I’ve never been in a collision. I’m only seventeen. How did this happen? Was I not paying attention? I swear I was focused on driving and only that. But was I? I do change the radio a lot. Oh no, this is my fault. What do I do now? These are the thoughts that go through our head or my head specifically. I was involved in a collision four months ago. Nothing fatal, but definitely eye-opening. Although I was not at fault for the crash, I feel as though I did have an impact on causing it. Seconds before the crash, I was changing the radio station. A normal thing to do in the car. I do this all the time, so nothing should be different about it. But it was. One second I was turning the dial and in the next, I was swerving the car to try to avoid the car turning in front of me. I took part in distracted driving and I was served the consequence of getting in a crash. Distracted driving is a present problem in our society. Approximately fourteen teens will die today in a collision and at least one of those collisions will have involved a phone. Fourteen teens. Fourteen futures. Fourteen lives. This needs to end. Distracted driving is an easy act to commit, but there is a strategy to lower it. In cars, they can put a compartment in the car specifically for a phone. Once the car is in motion it locks, and the only way to open it is if the car is stopped. This would stop the urged feeling of a person going on their phone while they’re driving. Although the person would have to be motivated to lock their phone up, it is an action that could save a life.