Is it an Emergency?
Everywhere I go, I see people on their phones, distracted from their present environment. Many times, it is people walking down the sidewalk or in a store. They may bump into other people or objects, but a simple apology is usually enough to deescalate the situation. This is a very different story when someone makes the decision to get behind the wheel and continue to interact with their phone. When their phone rings or buzzes, many teens’ first reactions are to see what the notification is. I have asked other young people what makes them pick up the phone so quickly while driving. “It might be an emergency,” is a response I have gotten several times. If someone believes there is an urgent message that they need to reply to, they should find a safe place to pull over, then check it. Checking their phone while driving may cause a crash and injure or kill an innocent, responsible driver. There is no need to cause an emergency just because you were negligent in your driving responsibilities. Thousands of teens die every year from avoidable vehicle collisions. Many of these are due to being distracted by a phone. It’s simple, stay off your phone if you want to make it home.