The start of another school year means that more young drivers will be on the road. I’m sure we can all remember back to when we were that age—when we thought we were expert drivers, but in reality were far from it.
One thing that has changed since the time I was in school is the activity of texting. Teenagers have always found ways to become distracted while driving, but with the use of texting on the rise the dangers are now multiplied.
Recently, there have been various TV commercials focusing on the dangers of texting while driving. They usually include a person who was badly injured or who experienced brain damage from a car accident that occurred while they were texting. The commercials are extremely sad, but they do a good job of showing the effects that distracted driving (most notably texting) can have on people.
Unfortunately, many people do not think about these effects at the moment, the results of which can and have been fatal. I wish all area students a school year that is fun, educational and safe. Keep in mind that a vibrating phone does not always require immediate attention, especially when behind the wheel.