Til It Happens To You

Until it happens to you, you never know how dangerous distracted driving can be. People need to start having serious discussions with the people they care about to let the know that checking a quick text message is not more important than their lives.

Don’t Get a Strike

My poster features a texting driver barreling down a bowling alley/street toward a group of victims represented by bowling pins. The catchphrase “Don’t Get a Strike, Don’t Take a Life, Don’t Text and Drive” is displayed in the shape of a stop sign. The statistic “At least 1 in 4 collisions involves phone use” is featured on a yield sign.

So Much to Live For

When I was writing this song, I wanted to tell a story that people could relate to. A story that people will believe is about them, because it is. This story is about YOU, whether you are a scientist, accountant, animal trainer, or even if you’re still deciding what to do with your life. You have so much to live for! When you intentionally use your phone or other distractions while driving you put your life and the lives of those around you at risk, and you put those who love you at risk of losing you. I say “intentionally” because no one accidentally uses their phone while driving. It’s a decision that you make. What I’m calling you to do is remember everything that you still have to live for, and with all that in mind, make the decision not to pick up your phone while driving. Put it out of your reach if you have to, because this is not going to just happen automatically. You need to be intentional and make that choice every single day. Think of everything you still want to accomplish, everything that gives you joy and hope, and all the joy and hope that you could give to others. You have so much to live for, so drive for those things

 

Lyrics:
I see it all the time, you driving in your car,
But your eyes aren’t on the road.
I see you looking down, not aware of what’s around,
Cause you’re staring at your phone.
But I also know you’ve got your own dreams
And big things that you want to do.
Just take a look around at how far you’ve come
And all the people looking up to you.
You’ve got so much to live for,
Don’t throw it all away just cause you want to check your phone.
Put both hands on the wheel and take control,
Cause everything you love is counting on you making it home.
It’s a choice that we make when we drive
Every day it’s up to you and me.
You’ve got so much to live for,
Don’t put it on the line any longer,
Remember what you’re driving for.
Every day it’s up to you and me.
You’ve got so much to live for,
Don’t throw it all away just cause you want to check your phone.
Put both hands on the wheel and take control,
Cause everything you love is counting on you making it home.
It’s a choice that we make when we drive
Every day it’s up to you and me.
You’ve got so much to live for,
Don’t put it on the line any longer,
Remember what you’re driving for.

A Clear Angle/Un Angulo claro

A person’s hand holding a phone in the middle of an empty road.
The phone itself, recording a fatal car accident and the events after.
The tile written in the blue sky translates to ” The path of distraction leads to destruction. End what distracts”

#DriveSafe

I heard of Create Real Impact in a flyer that was on the table. I did further research on this scholarship, and I believe it was a great opportunity to help this specific idea, which is driving safe. Multitasking may be a great treat, but it is not a great trait when driving. The person driving has to have 100% focus on the road. There is approximately three thousands deaths per day, caused by car accidents. Everyone in the road are at risk of losing their lives because they are driving or are passengers. We don’t know what will happen when being on the road because someone can get easily distracted and lose focus on what’s important. Distractions come from various forms like being on your cellphone, eating/drinking, Snapchatting, putting makeup on, etc. We got to understand how important it is to focus on the road, in order to have a tomorrow.

Impact teen driver

More often than not we don’t notice how dangerous it can be to text and drive or drive distracted in general. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we could cause not only ourselves but others to miss out on a lot of things in life. So don’t take the chance and be safe while driving.

There’s No LOL in R,I,P

A poster that illustrates the negative impact that texting and driving has on society, especially teens, and advocates against distracting driving.

The Phone Can Wait

“The Phone Can Wait” is intended to show that it is not safe to text and drive no matter what circumstance. If it is an emergency that needs immediate attention, then the driver must pull over out of traffic. The picture is supposed to show the cracked phone after a car crash caused by texting and driving, with glass and tire pieces from the initial collision.

Don’t be a statistic! Be Smart!

This art piece is done in a reflection. To our everyday surprisingly, Jobs, School and millions of other things that cross our mind on the daily basis. Also, how we let those distractions affect our behavior, common sense, our judgement of things and out driving. Over nine people die a day due to distracted driving. A total of 4,054 teens between the ages of 13-19 died in car accidents. Which is a very sad case. People are losing their sons, daughters loved ones to things that could’ve been avoided. Everyday these victims leave behind their memories, their hopes, dreams friends and family. The numbers are surprisingly high and raises plenty of eyebrows and through this art piece the consumer gets to think about the importance of driving safely and how you can change and scar another persons life and question; How can I impact others and make a difference? How do I not become a Statistic?

Death Is Calling

Whenever someone picks up the phone while driving, Death is calling, whether it may be for the driver or a bystander. Nothing good comes out of distracted driving. I created this in Adobe Illustrator.

Don’t Let Dreams Be Dangerous

While we are often bombarded by messaging that encourages us to put away our phones or to stay sober, fatalities from distracted driving are most often a result of simply losing focus. This invaluable information allows us to recognize that simply putting away distractions is not enough; we need to take care of our minds and bodies! Set your stresses, worries, excitement, ideas, and yes, even your dreams, aside for the ride.

Crash Course

Distracted driving is one of society’s most pressing issues. It has become more of an issue recently with the prevalence of phones and other technologies that are readily available to us. Moreover, the pressures that our culture has placed on us to stay constantly occupied, busy, and plugged in can make it difficult to take any time away from these technologies. While I do believe that advancing technologies can be beneficial to our society, in many ways they have also turned our culture into a distracted one. This distraction can manifest itself in many different ways- one of which is driving. I created “Crash Course” to showcase how distracted driving, especially in regards to cellphone use, can be detrimental. I also offered a strategy to this problem. More specifically, I touched on the idea that we need to “pause” whatever it is we are watching, “put down” our devices, and “pay attention” to the road because cellphones are not worth the “pay” of an accident or a life. The three P’s (pause, put it down, and pay attention) serve as a strategy and reminder to prioritize what is happening on the road over other distractions, such as social media. These vital three steps are easy to remember and they serve as a checklist before someone decides to go on the road. As our society becomes more and more muddied with technology and media, distracted driving becomes more of an issue. Even in my own personal life, I have encountered many distracted drivers who have and continue to endanger themselves and those around them with their decision to drive distracted. I think if everyone could just remember to detach themselves from their devices and remember the three P’s I mentioned in my piece, then solving the issue of distracting driving would start moving in the right direction.