Basilica of St. Mary
This week at Northgate, we celebrated driving safety week. During the week, we pledged that we would always drive safely by signing our names onto cards. The cards were then hung on the window of the cafeteria as a reminder that we would always drive safely. We also celebrated by wearing the color orange.
Driving safety week is just one way of pledging to drive safe, but following through is another thing. The number one cause of car accidents is distracted driving. Now with technology being so popular, the distractions only increase while people can also become distracted by other things like the radio or GPS, the technology still takes the top spot. Driving safely is important on all fronts because it protects you and all the people around you. Texting and driving has been an ongoing problem for years; many states passed a law against texting while driving but is it still a problem. All the time, you will see people holding their phones up in plain sight while driving. Everyone thinks they can text and drive and have no consequences, but all it takes is taking your eyes off the road for an accident to occur. Distracted driving is the number one over things like speeding and driving under the influence. Now with that being said, that doesn’t mean that those other things don’t cause accidents, but they aren’t the number one reason that accidents happen. With social media being so popular or with just a simple text, people feel the need to answer it right away, but that notification is not worth you throwing your life away. The notifications will still be there when you get to your destination safely.
Drinking and going to parties is something teenagers enjoy, but that’s not the problem is the teenagers than getting in the car and driving. Teenagers think they are invincible, but they aren’t they are putting themself and everyone else on the roads at risk. When you drive under the influence you already aren’t in your best mindset, which puts you in immediate danger. Getting in the car with someone who is intoxicated is even worse; it’s better for you to either call for someone sober to give you a ride or remain where you are for the night. Driving under the influence is only going to ruin your life or someone else’s. By staying sober while driving, you’re protecting yourself and others. Getting in the car drunk, you’re saying your life and everyone else’s doesn’t matter, but in the blink of an eye, you can take away someone’s life, and you’re going to have to live with that guilt for the rest of your life.
By signing that card, you vowed to protect yourself and others by driving safely. Your life is so much more important than driving under the influence or that notification. So stay true to that vow that you made and drive safely.