Imagine this. It’s a Monday morning and you leave the house after telling your parents goodbye and head to school. As you get in the car, you adjust your mirrors, put on your seatbelt, and crank your car. You are safe and ready to leave. Right? Wrong! You have an extremely dangerous weapon with you. And it’s sitting right in your lap ready to go off. As you begin driving, it starts tempting you with every little ding and sound it makes. You notice traffic slows down so you grab it real quick and check it. You just gave that weapon the power to decide your fate. To make it worse, you make it’s job just a little easier by replying to the text message your best friend just sent you. But wait a minute. Traffic isn’t going so slow this time and you, without realizing it, sped up with everyone else. But how would you have noticed that? You are too busy replying to texts that may not even matter in a few seconds. Sure enough, right when that text gets sent, and you hear the “whoosh” of a message being sent, you also hear the “CLASH” of vehicles colliding. You look around and notice you’re perfectly fine but there is no movement of the family in the car you just crashed into. Minutes go by and feel like hours and still no movement. Soon enough, police and paramedics show up to the scene and confirm that the entire family has been declared dead. Except a small child who was properly fastened in her car seat. Now she will be forced to grow up without her parents all because you couldn’t wait to reply to some stupid text. Why does the child have to suffer and grow up an orphan when her parents done everything right and you get to live a happy life. You didn’t lose anything. Wrong! You are going to be guilty for the rest of your life and may even face charges for manslaughter. Was that text worth it? Good thing we are just imagining this. Let’s take it back to the beginning. It’s a Monday morning and you leave the house after telling your parents goodbye and head to school. As you get in the car, you adjust your mirrors, put on your seatbelt, and crank your car. You are safe and ready to leave. But first, you turn your phone off and sit it in the backseat as you leave and focus on the road. At the red light, you see the family you imagined hitting smiling as they pass by you. As you pull up at school and get out, you grab your phone and reply to any messages you received. Isn’t this a much better ending to the story than the first? Since when is a text more valuable than life? Instead of allowing the weapon, our phone, to go off, let’s keep it on lock and silent when we’re driving so that we can remain focused on the road. I will not be another statistic, will you?
Our phone. The most powerful weapon in today’s society. This short writing puts you in a scenario that happens all too often. Distracted driving is a serious problem that needs to be stopped. Put the phone on silent and sit it in the backseat until you reach your destination. I refuse to be a statistic!