Three Seconds

Daniel M


Three seconds is all it takes Lives usually last seventy eight years And they take nine months to make But three seconds is all it takes. Four thousand pounds hurtling down the road Not under control, aimlessly going forward What was designed to be a convenience Could take someone’s life away. Just one quick glance, you say As people look on in dismay. Is it worth losing everything Just to see who’s making your phone ring? Three seconds is all it takes For four thousand teens to lose their life For four thousand families to lose a loved one For one person to make the world a more dangerous place. So keep your life on track And leave your phone in the back Or put down that beer So someone can live another year.


This is a piece I wrote with the intent to convey the risks of distracted driving and how quickly a crash can happen. This piece is supposed to make the reader consider the worth of cell phone usage and whether or not it is really necessary when operating a motor vehicle. Although not all distracted driving is caused by electronic devices, I think it is an important category to talk about.