By: Kristyn Blackwood
Is driving really that important to everyone that we would risk our own safety to achieve what we want? Consider this, is replying to that last text message as important as we make it out to be? So many teenagers are involved in wrecks while texting and driving, which results in killing themselves or others.
In the last two to three years, the town of Fort Mill has lost multiple high school students due to car accidents. None have been linked to texting and driving yet, but in other towns, such as Clover, there have been deaths due to texting. Just this past school year a young teenage boy was killed in a car crash as a result of texting while driving. Not only is texting while driving dangerous, but talking on the phone or even something as simple as changing the radio station can be deadly. The moment you take your eyes off the road, you have just presented yourself with the chance of ending up in a wreck. How long can a person really take his or her eyes off the road and stay in the lines? Is that even a possible thing to do? One second can be detrimental to your life or the life of another person on the road.
Not only is your own life in danger, but every other person on the road’s life is put at risk. Accidents and especially deaths can be prevented if teenagers learn to think that they are not invincible. Teenagers think that they cannot be touched. They also seem to think that they can do whatever they please and not end up with consequences. Every decision you make has a consequence; whether good or bad, it still has one. Many people think that something as terrible as dying from a car wreck cannot happen to them because it seems so unreal. The truth is it can happen to anyone based on the decisions you make and the decisions made by others.
When people choose to go out and drive while they are intoxicated, they are making a decision that could cost them their own life and the lives of those around them. I know that Fort Mill High does not want the things that happened to Nation Ford last year to begin happening to us. Fort Mill has already lost two very important people to the hearts of Yellow Jackets, and I know that the Fort Mill family will probably not be able to handle another. Next time you get in your car and pick up that phone or don’t buckle up just think about the consequences. Not only do these tragic happenings affect you and your family, but they also affect the people who you come in contact with everyday. Everyone is loved and cared for, so make sure you are making the wisest decisions possible.