Distraction Is Not An Excuse

Alyssa C

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Was it worth it? Please tell me. Was it worth it? To kill me. I sat in my car, driving peacefully. Waiting at this light to go home and see my family. I promised my parents to not look at my phone. I put it away and sat there alone. I guess you chose to look at your phone. You didnt care that I wanted to go home. Instead I am in the ground 6 feet under. You chose wrong and it ended up being your worst blunder. Was it worth it? Please tell me. Was it worth it? To kill me. That crash, that mistake I promise you it wasn’t fate. You chose to look at your phone. You chose to make that mistake. You chose to kill me… You didn’t just hurt me, You didn’t just hurt yourself, But you hurt my friends, my family. Was it worth it? Really, please tell me. Was it worth it? To kill me. If you didn’t know, I had a future. I was just getting ready to go to college, To see everything the world has to offer, But I cant now because of you. Because of the action you thought you could prove. Distraction. Distraction. It is not an excuse. You got distracted. Was it worth it? Please tell me. Was it worth it? To kill me.


Description

Many teens and adults today who have the privilege of driving continue to use their phones and mobile devices while behind the wheel. This action distracts the driver from their ability to pay attention to the road. Distracted driving is dangerous not only for the driver but also other drivers and pedestrians. Due to the prevalence of distracted driving with the use of mobile devices, teen and adult drivers are desensitized to the consequences. My poem is to affect change within the reader and to encourage the reader to ask themselves, “Is it worth it?” to avoid asking the question, “Was it worth it?”