It’s Your Choice
When getting behind the wheel each day, You can’t assume it will just go your way. There are accidents, yes, but in the end it’s on you. You are held responsible and should know what to do. A text, a tweet, is it worth it in the end? Your so called “Mistake” could cost you a neighbor, a friend. One of 4000 to lose a life in a car crash each year- These are our teens, our loved ones, those we hold dear. One of 11 to die each day in a crash, Drugs and alcohol matter, but are not as statistically brash. There are driving laws in place, as the protection’s first line, But without the proper respect, you’re risking your life and mine. How can we stop this? Is there even a way? How are we supposed to know what to say? Parents are influencers, you can make a change too, Set the right example with your driving- and it will be of benefit to you. So you’re wearing your seatbelt, that’s step number one, Don’t load up on passengers, though it might seem more fun. Make sure you’re driving unimpaired, no substances, emotions, or phone, Driving is you and the road, disconnect to be alone. When driving, check the speed limit, and be alert on your toes, The car is in your hands, wherever it goes. Have your own checklist to ensure you safely drive, Hold yourself to this pledge until at your destination you arrive: “I am responsible, it’s no one but me, My actions can have repercussions, which I hope to not see. “By taking precautions I can minimize risk in the car, I will not give into peer pressure, but follow the rules as they are. “I will help out my friends and family to ensure we all know, The ways to prevent careless collisions wherever we go. “I’m aware this is a group effort, but it will start with me. I’m here to encourage, practice, and teach driving safety.” And with this tiny step, it’s your word you’re held to, It’s easier to remember with this oath, that this is all on you. Don’t be one of 4o00 that die every year, Driving is not just an activity- you should have healthy fear. When out on the road, remember this choice, You are responsible now, so go use your voice.
I wrote this poem because several years ago, a teacher at my middle school was in a serious car accident as a result of a teenager texting and driving. He was in the hospital for a long time, had a lot of physical therapy to do, and couldn’t teach. He had the reputation of being one of the best science teachers, and it was heartbreaking to know that he couldn’t have this impact on other students that I saw he had on my friends in his class. This could have been prevented, and after hearing his story in health class several years later before he was luckily able to return to the classroom, I was moved to write something. Now that I am on the road, I want to have an environment where I can safely get from one place to the other without worrying about impaired drivers on the road. This is really a choice, and I make it every day. I can only hope that others do the same, which is why I think that education is the first step to achieving safer roads.