Making Reckless Driving a Thing of the Past

Mark B

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Nothing is more tragic than learning of a loved one’s preventable death. Seeing how pandemic this tragedy is amongst young people is a truly disturbing fact. Some sources state that teenage deaths that are due to automobile accidents are over ten million; yet, all sources share discomforting facts about this issue. But on a positive note, because this is preventable, this issue is fixable. Regardless of how difficult such a task may be, I believe it will ultimately be worth the time, money, and effort that is put forth by those who care about such an issue like I do. First, a generation must learn that it is simply wrong to place the lives of others at risk when behind the wheel. Granted, automobiles have been a part of only a few generations of human history and people may still have more to learn in regards teaching a succeeding generation about driving ethics. People know from a very young age not to hurt others and we usually do not because we know it is the wrong thing to do. Have it been taught by parents and educators that driving dangerously is also wrong and importantly, not that it is just ‘wrong’ but why that it is exactly. So that it can be learned like any other moral or value that is taught at a young age. Also, adding on to what was said before, such information would need to be presented in a way that makes sense. A presentation that is shown to an entire school would clearly be understand and maybe even enjoyed by some students better than others. That is because different students have different perceptions, styles of learning, and some students are bound to have a disability that affects their understanding. For success, it is essential to present the information to each student in a way that makes comprehension best for him or her (Examples: Video/Audio, personal one-on-one conversation, lecture, writing, images, etc.). Lastly, having emotion felt by the student is possibly the greatest factor of them all. It is important that what is causing the emotional reaction (I.e. video, text, lecture, etc.) is sincere. This is because when children, teenagers, and possibly even some young adults notice that something that causes an emotional reaction is not sincere, but instead comes off as propagandistic, it has a high likelihood of being dismissed early on and even if important facts are included, the information could easily be ignored. Whatever content is to be presented to the student (this covers all forms of content: oral presentation, video/audio, writing, etc.) it must be from a person/people who passionately care about this issue from the heart. It is because when we hear someone cry out in legitimate pain, display genuine anger or even heartfelt joy, as human beings we are able to detect the true nature of this emotion and this causes us to be more aware and to believe the individual. This will have a far more beneficial outcome than an a presentation that lacks such sincerity. Having the sentiment passed from those who care the most to the student is the final element of reducing and possibly eliminating reckless driving. As difficult as it may sound to curb or possibly even solve this problem, it is in no way an unrealistic aspiration. Generations of children, teens and young adults can definitely know that driving recklessly is unethical, wrong and enough to violate their consciences. While keeping in mind that because all students are different, this information must be presented in whatever way is best understood by each individual student. And these students must feel something when engaging in this learning experience. A similar example to making students feel emotion is when someone is shown footage of an animal slaughterhouse. The viewer is seeing footage that is genuine and real; thus, causing him/her to feel shock in response. Having students feel shock and leaving with a paradigm shift is what needs to be achieved for students to understand the consequences of reckless driving. With these three suggestions, I hope to see reckless driving as a thing of the past so less preventable deaths occur so more people can be alive.