Distracted Driving – Don’t Even Think About Doing It

Andranik Z


You are driving down the street, the highway, or that usual part of town, and that’s when it happens. Blink. The sound and sight is all too familiar. A text message from mom, a Snapchat from a friend, that e-mail from your boss, or that phone call from your grandma. You have the urge to respond right now to get it out of your troubles. Your conscious takes over and says, “Do it, you’ll be fine”. You give into it and vigorously respond to whoever it may be. All seems well, until that gut-wrenching sound echoes in your ears and turns you as pale a ghost. The screaming of the bystander, the screeching of the wheels on the asphalt, the metallic thunk you hear when the car meets the body. The whole world comes down on your shoulders, and you think to yourself, “What have I done….this cannot be real….why is this happening to me!”. The guilt was enough to break your heart into pieces. Another person was added to the never-ending statistic that plagues our society to this day. Ask yourself, “Was it worth it, necessary even?” No. Putting others in danger of your recklessness is not worth anything. Don’t you dare even think about it, unless you want to risk people’s lives over something so futile. I am Andranik Zarikyan, and I will not be a part of these statistics.


Texting-and-driving seems like a common thing to do. After all, just a quick text never hurt anybody. Too many people think of this to be the case when in all actuality, it isn’t even close to being true. This is no laughing matter, people get severely injured or even lose their life to someone who could not drive without using their phone. What does that say about us? That we value technology over the safety of people. That has to change. Not tomorrow, not the next hour, NOW! This has become an issue that people in my generation carry out every day. This short work was to fill the reader in on what makes this topic so deliberate to the human condition.