Why Do I Have To Be The One To Die?

This poem was inspired by a real-life story. My friends’ cousin was so excited to attend a birthday party that her friends organized for her 21st birthday party in New York. She already knew about drinking and driving and didn’t forget her Dad telling her to pay for Ubers if she was too intoxicated to drive or not to drink at all. She managed to not drink for her 21st birthday party because she was just happy to have all of her loved ones in one place and to celebrate another year added to her life. The party ends hours after midnight and she’s ready to go home and get some sleep. Unfortunately, while driving back home, she was hit by a drunk man who was driving a 2008 Honda Fit. She was unable to make it alive because her injuries were so severe. This a poem that showcases the life-altering effects of distracted driving.

The Absence of Presence

This poem of sorts is meant to serve as a reminder that life is fleeting, and risking it unnecessarily might well be the last risk one ever takes. I wanted it to get people thinking deeper about why they act the way they do and the price certain actions have. All told from an objective outsider’s perspective. Hope you like it!

Cooperation is the Way

An Idea on how to stop distracted driving in younger generations due to phone usage. Hopefully this idea will get the buy in of both the youth and the companies responsible for the phones causing the most distraction.

Destiny Is In Your Hands

I haven’t offered an amazing, eye-opening solution. In this poem I reference the statistics of deaths globally by year from distracted and reckless driving in comparison to today’s Covid-19 pandemic. In this poem I try to express our own responsibility we have as citizens. To help influence those around us to do the same, awareness is crucial. Many important precautions are taken everyday for preventing the spread of Covid-19. If we made the same importance of precautions for distracted and reckless driving frequent deaths and consequences could be prevented. It should be taught school the importance of wearing a seatbelt just as much that wearing a mask is emphasized. By writing this poem I address the importance of this modern issue. I also express how it is our responsibility to learn these safety precautions as citizens. Many of these precautions seem to be common sense. But the statistics go to show how common sense isn’t that common. After completing our own personal responsibility of learning safety, we then need to spread awareness.

Almost Home

Zara is excited to get home for Christmas after being away from college, but get in a car accident while driving and texting.

It was just an accident…

This creative piece details the “small accident” I endured once sick, sitting in traffic and waiting for my parents to take me home. My eyes were closed but I was able to create a picture through the familiar sounds that encompassed me.

One Fatal Mistake

*DISCLAIMER* This is not my personal story. This is a short story I created.

Valentina and The Bridge

Sophia learns that Valentina is coming to her house to show her her new car. Valentina gets behind the wheel and decides to start applying makeup. Sophia knows that this is not responsible, but does not want to get her friend mad. So, she doesn’t speak up. They get into a car crash that was highly preventable. Now Sophia has to deal with the trauma of her friend passing away.

For a Second

A driver who was in a car crash talks about their excuse for texting and the result of texting and driving

THE LOCK

Sarah Elise was seventeen years old when her special day was turned upside down. She had been getting ready for her first Prom all day with friends. They had left the house with so much excitement and huge smiles painted on their faces. She was driving her friends to the school when it happened. Sarah received a text and picked up her phone. She told her herself she only read it. Just a quick glance would do, but those few seconds were all it took. The road curved to the left and Sarah didn’t notice. The car shot off the road and slammed into the ditch. Sarah and her friends were some of the lucky ones. They all walked away without major injuries. “THE LOCK” would have stopped this situation from ever arising in the first place.

I Thought I Lost You

Michael learns the importance of not texting and driving when he tries to rush to make things perfect for his and Janelle’s 1 year wedding anniversary

One Second Today Can Change Tomorrow

This fictional story is about how life can be lost due to insignificant factors in the long run, but seem paramount in the short term. People make mistakes, but what younger drivers need to know that their errors are amplified by the magnitude of the task. The story is a lesson for passengers and drivers alike. Encourage the driver to stay focused and drivers should avoid discussing topics where strong emotions can arise. The tale also describes the unexpected ways that drivers can be distracted.

The Forgettable Truth

This writing piece composed in a half-narrative and half expository design explores the impact and both the superficial and root causes of distracted driving in narrative form before delving into solutions in expository format. Follow the story of this high school student who recently began driving on her own and how her nightmare about distracted driving provoked change.