People have a habit of checking their phones while driving. This issue is such a problem that it now causes roughly half of the car accidents that happen every year.
People have to learn that a text can wait until they get to a red light, or even better, until they get home. If the text is so important that you have to risk your life or someone else’s, then pull over to the side of the road and answer.
Talking on the phone while driving is one thing you can legally do in the state of South Carolina, which I think is somewhat even worse than texting and driving, only because you think more when you’re talking. You might be able to keep your eyes on the road and communicate, but your mind could go blank at any moment if you are doing too many things at once.
Distraction.gov says that 78 percent of teen and young adults have read an SMS message while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Neither texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving should be things people should do. Both of these should be against the law, and the law should be enforced.
“I do not text and drive, if I had a call, or text, to answer, I would pull over,” said sophomore Kimmy Newell.
I talked to many people, and they say their parents text and drive. Older folks have experience driving, and if they have done something such as texting, and driving in the past the chances are they are pretty good at doing it.
“My mom tends to drive, and text a lot,” said sophomore Zachary Wolverten.
Teenagers are the main cause for car crashes because phones are taking control of one’s life, literally. Next time you are driving, or with someone, tell yourself, or them, to put the phone down, and wait until you get to your destination.
No text is worth anyone’s life.