This is Why You Should Never Text and Drive

Cassidy T

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Imagine this, it’s your senior year of high school, you and your friend are listening to music in their car. The song finishes and your friend decides to look for a song on their phone. In that instant, a car stops, and they weren’t able to stop the car in time. All you remember is the sound of tires squealing and hearing a large thud. That was the car rolling over, you never even made it to your first day of school. You can’t even comprehend what happens before your world goes black. The next thing you know, you’re in a hospital room surrounded by close friends and family. They’re all crying. The nurse comes in to tell you that you have been in a coma for a week. They also tell you that you have a concussion, some broken ribs, and several bruises from where your seatbelt sat. None of that matters to you though, all that matters is that your best friend is okay. You ask the nurse about them, and they tell you it’s not looking well. Your friend is in a coma, they took most of the damage when the car flipped, the doctors don’t know if or when they’ll wake up. The doctors are giving it another three days before they suggest other options. Your mind begins to race, and that’s when you know how irresponsible the actions of you and your friend were. Just because you were getting ready to go off to college did not make you invincible. Whatever action you take has a consequence–whether it is good or bad doesn’t matter at this point. All you want is for your friend to be okay, but how can that happen when things look so slim for them? No more concerts, no games–nothing the two of you enjoyed doing because of distracted driving. That’s when you realize that texting and driving don’t discriminate when you realize the world doesn’t discriminate between who lives and who dies.


Description

A brief what-if scenario that can happen when distracted driving occurs. The point of view is designed for the reader to be put into the scenario and act it out with someone whom they consider themselves close to.