Why Are You Driving Like You Don’t Plan On Arriving?
The consequences are real. It is not the same as being sent to your room once you finish your meal. The outcomes are permanent; They can be mental and physical impairment. If you are planning on arriving, You shouldn’t be texting and driving. It is not just your life at risk. It is a mother who now has a herniated disk. It is a grandfather who has broken an arm and is battered and bruised. It is a child who is on life support in the ICU. It is your friend on crutches that was sitting in the front seat Counting the trees that lined the street. It is you who can never drive again, All because you had to text your friend. These stories are devasting but true, And they can be a thing of the past because change starts with you. Airplane mode is a driver’s best friend, You will forget about your phone until your trips end. The glove box is a safe place for your phone to silently rest, You can pay attention to the roads of the Midwest. Directions are an easy task, Start your car after you start your maps. Pass yourself the aux and start your “driving playlist” So you don’t have to worry about which song to play next. Siri can stay out of reach, As you listen to her guide you to the beach. Make texting and driving the wrong thing to do, Tell your friend your life is on the line too.
In this poem I wanted to make a statement about the permanence of the consequences of texting and driving. I created an image of everyday people who had been negatively and unjustifiably impacted by distracted driving. When you’re not hearing somebody else’s story on the news, it is easier to make it your own, and that was the effect I wanted to have with the beginning of this poem. That is also why I chose to end my piece with “tell your friend your life is on the line too.” It can be hard to say what makes you uncomfortable as it may not be as important to others as it should be. But to sincerely tell someone the truth, that your life is on the line in addition to theirs, I think will really resonate with those distracted drivers. I came up with these several solutions because they are simple, realistic, and effective if followed! It is so easy to be more cautious while driving. I think all it requires is a perspective shift to see how important it is to stay focused while driving. I wrote this poem to push people in that direction and provide them with positive habits to support that safer viewpoint.