A Whole Footb-

Sankofa M

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Late last week Sam sent a text to Jessica about their presentation on the dangers of distracted driving. He stated a fun fact: sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds and at 55 mph that’s similar to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Jessica’s reply read “Really? That sounds dangerous! I’ve texted while driving before and always thought of it as nothing more than a quick glance.” Today Sam received a call from Jessica, although he was greeted by the voice of an older man. It was about Jessica. She was hurt. They thought to call Sam because she was texting him when the crash happened. “Check it out! A whole Footb-”. More than anything, Sam was confused. Hadn’t Jessica learned not to text and drive? Didn’t she remember what we learned last week? In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in the United States. You take a risk every time you drive distracted. Never assume that because you have done something once before, you will be safe doing it again. If it happened to Jessica, it can happen to you. Protect yourself and those around you by keeping your eyes forward, phone out of reach, and focus on the road when driving.