Dangers of Texting and Driving

Destiny Mattingly, Editor + Staff Writer

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

By Destiny Mattingly

“In a split second, you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you” Sharon Heit, mother of texting while driving victim says\

In today’s world, it feels like everyone is attached to a device, that being a cellphone, iPad, computer, Xbox. Did you know driving and being on your phone at the same time can destroy someone else’s life or doom your own within a matter of seconds? That is a devastating realization for anyone to hear. You could take the life of another person due to texting and driving.

In 2016 alone 37,461 U.S citizens lost their lives due to distracted driving. That could have been prevented.

Now many of you may be wondering who this is directed to. It’s not just to one person, you see according to EndDD.org teens who parents drive distracted are 2 to 4 time as likely to do the same.

When you are in that 4,000-pound vehicle using a 5.6 inch on the average device, consider these things.

Consider who is in the vehicle with you, what would you do if they lost their lives on your watch? Imagine that despair that would wash over you, the pain and misery, imagine having to live with that reminder.  Is this text worth your entire life? Is it worth dying for? Can it wait? What happens if I look?

You can prevent this by doing any of the following things though, turn your phone off, ask the passenger to read the text and send a message back, ignore it, or even if you have Bluetooth on your car you can connect it.

Be safe. Protect yourself. Protect others.

 

 

“The Dangers of Distracted Driving.” Federal Communications Commission, 26 May 2020, www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dangers-texting-while-driving.

“Cell Phones.” Teen Driver Source, www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/distracted-driving/cell-phones.

“10 Pragmatic Reasons To Stop Texting and Driving Today.” Driving, 19 May 2017, driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/10-reasons-you-shouldnt-text-and-drive/.