Misplaced Consequences

Jacob S

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Life is a precious thing, irreplaceable. Everyone covets it but so many waste it away. While everyone discusses the lives we have lost to more well known events such as Columbine or 9/11, we are blissfully ignorant that 11 teens die every day to texting and driving. It should be upsetting to anyone to know that each one of those teens not only ended their life prematurely, but left seas of depression and regret for all those who loved them. I know what this feels like because I have lost my mother at a premature age. It may not have been due to a road accident, but I know that there isn’t a day that passes by in which I don’t regret her decisions. If 11 teens die every day and we assume that there are at least 2 parents that loved each one of people, that means that over 8,000 people across the nation have to deal with the losses that come with texting and driving. The truth that is so often overlooked is that the consequences don’t end at the crash, but they stay with those poor people for the rest of their lives. I know that we can’t undo what has destroyed and ruined the lives of thousands of Americans already. However, I know that we must honor those people with a great change. The encounters that we have given high school students with reckless driving are not enough. With the wave of new technology and education, schools should hold mandatory classes on the safety that is needed for driving on the road. I also firmly believe that the driver’s test should be more difficult, perhaps requiring a higher score to pass. The dangers of the road come with consequences that are hard and sometimes impossible to live with. No one deserves that punishment and better trained drivers would help insure this brighter future. It is going to take a long time to defeat reckless driving, but we can be sure that this would be a step in the right direction.