Reality of a “harmless” Distraction

By Stephanie Mason, junior


As said by distraction.gov, an average of 3,154 people die every year from motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver; the numbers have continued to skyrocket throughout the years.

Drivers people come into contact with are texting or talking to their passenger, but statistics show that a majority of the people you hangout with also might be distracted drivers. Being a distracted driver is defined as being engaged in other actions while driving such as looking after children, texting, talking on the phone or to a passenger, watching videos, eating, or reading. Activities like these take the driver’s attention away from the road. People think that when they are driving the things they do are not distracting.

“My grandma got in a collision at a stop light because she was reading, therefore, if you are driving, your phone should be turned off or on vibrate and where it doesn’t light up to where you can see it, and you should not go through drive-thrus and eat while you are driving because you can lose your focus on the road,” junior Denelle Abbitt said.

People don’t realize how distracted driving can impact families. It causes emotional pain and creates a financial burden of repairing a crashed vehicle as well as the financial burden of hospital bills for anyone injured or killed.  Distracted drivers don’t realize that when they are texting and driving, if something happens it could affect their lives as well as their friend’s and family’s.

“It’s safer that you don’t do it because things could happen; you could hit somebody or somebody could hit you when you’re distracted,” sophomore Cheyenne Hale said.

The issue is that adults don’t see themselves as role models, but their children are observing their habits and behavior. As stated in “Texting in traffic: Adults worse than teens”, written by Larry Copeland, “Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it’s wrong. Six in 10 say they weren’t doing it three years ago.” 43 states including Washington D.C., prohibit drivers from texting while driving because it makes a crash up to twenty three times more likely, stated by dosomething.org.    

“They should look at the bigger picture and be like ‘is this really more important right now? Is my text message more important than people’s lives and my own life’,” Abbitt said.

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