Texting while Driving is not cool

Justyn G

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Technology has drastically increased and people seem to rely on the use of their devices more than anything else. A lot of teenagers don’t even like to have phone conversations anymore, because they can deliver their entire thought through a simple text message. That can be a very good thing, and it can also be an extremely bad thing especially when it comes to texting and driving. Some teenagers feel they must respond to a text immediately which is why many of the accidents occur and most times this lead to a vehicular collision that can result in death The CDC lists car crashes as the leading cause of death and many accidents are blamed on distracted driving and most of the distractions are caused by cell phone usage. However, using a cell phone, whether talking or texting, while driving can be extremely dangerous. A text message is not worth risking your life over and texting while driving has become a major problem all over the world over the past few years by teenagers. Though most young people will argue that it does not impact them very much, texting and driving have very serious consequences that can change one’s life in just a split second. Many have heard the horror stories about texting and driving, such as stories of young people or their families dying. Some may even be tragedies of young people being physically or mentally damaged permanently. Sadly, that doesn’t stop some teens on the road from using their cell phone. Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but a number of states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving. It is extremely dangerous to text and drive, some parents do it, and it will influence their teenagers to do the same. This goes to show that many young people are doing it and therefore the fatalities are cause for concern. For many years now, the leading cause of death for teenage drivers is now texting, not drinking, with nearly a dozen teens dying each day in a texting-related car crash. Children learn from their parent’s behavior too. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Though many agree that texting and driving is a bad thing, some teens believe it is necessary. They argue that while you are on the road you may have an emergency and it is more important than holding on to the steering wheel because the cars have auto pilot features. This can be an emergency situation, but it is more important to make sure that everyone you know is okay. Teenagers also argued that at stop signs or lights, that texting is a good way to free them of boredom. Sitting at a stop light isn’t fun and texting can make it more fun. Some teens believe that they also need to keep up with the latest gossip on Facebook and Twitter. You can be lost in the social storm if you miss a minute and therefore you always have to be keeping up with it. Even when you are driving. Also, many teenagers think that texting and driving isn’t a danger, and nothing is going to happen to them because they enjoy a life of risk taking, until something happens. They believe that a quick text will not make you crash and die. Obviously, many teenagers know that texting and driving is not a great decision to make, but there are many that disagree. Texting and driving is definitely not a good reason to keep your eyes off the road, yet this has become a really big problem in our nation. In concluding, seeing someone behind the wheel of a car and texting has become quite a frequent sight. Texting and driving is a serious hazard, which could ultimately cost you your life or others. This pressing issue needs well thought out ads that will convince teenagers to stop this deadly habit and not just be aware of it.