Being able to walk away: seeing the results of distracted driving

Christopher H

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Trying to handle all the text messages and getting all the calls to answer nearly all at once. The drivers’ teen friends are trying to send a tidal wave of messages and calling to get the driver’s opinion on one topic or another. The driver is trying his/ her best at trying to answer everything all at the same time so that their friends will not accuse them of “playing favorites” with answering one over the other. Regrettably, one thing will lead to another; the car will be propelling headlong into an accident where the busy and harangued recipient of the messages and calls, trying to answer the calls and texts, will not be able to send any message or call anymore. Why? Their distraction from the road leads to a wreck which results in their death. Driving a vehicle, whether in a city or out in the rural area, does not mean that there are two sets of standards that are in place; the risks and the requirements are the same. There is the same level of alertness, the same level of attention, and the same level of concentration needed to operate the car safely. Any distraction-texting, answering calls from one’s cell phone, responding to one’s friends-all these activities tend to expose the driver to a fatal risk of getting involved in accidents with tragic consequences. Rather than try and struggle with the feat of answering, texting and sending pictures over Twitter and Instagram, drivers should pull over to a safe spot away from the traffic and respond back saying that “I am driving and I cannot answer for a while.” Sadly, this tragedy keeps happening over and over. Being able to drive away from an accident-seeing the tragic consequences of a reckless and distracted driver from their rear-view mirror-makes one rethink one’s driving habits and the effects of not concentrating on driving alone.