By Annie Pullella
The Charter Editorial
Driving is an important part of your everyday life– It’s a pleasure to be able to drive, not a requirement. Driving is very dangerous if you don’t follow the rules. Cars are a weapon, not a toy. Let’s say that you blow through a red light, and there happened to be a person on the crosswalk. You hit the person; most likely the person won’t survive.
Whenever I drive somewhere, I always see someone either looking down in their lap, looking at their self in the car mirror, or driving with the phone in their hand on the steering wheel, looking at it and glancing at the road every so often. This is not okay. It is distracting you, and you might think that it’s fine, but things can go wrong in a split second.
In a Charter interview, ACA senior Elliot Barnhill commented on what the most surprising thing that he learned, “Uh, how stupid everybody else was.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.”
So many people forget about the driving rules that they have gotten careless. At a stop sign, instead of actually stopping they do a rolling stop and then keep going. Also when the police pull over a car, the passing drivers rubberneck and stare at the scene to see what’s going on. Another thing is that people drive when they get sleepy, and they don’t stop somewhere for a break or nap, which could lead to accidents.
In a Charter interview, Alissa Thorpe, a sophomore ACA student does the smartest thing when she’s sleepy, she doesn’t drive. The NHTSA reported that 846 deaths were caused by drowsy driving.
If you want to keep driving. The easiest thing to do to is to stay safe and keep all of your distractions away. For example, put your phone in the backseat or trunk so you don’t hear notifications going off. Better yet, just turn you phone off completely. Also keep your eyes on the road and ahead of you so to catch potential accidents and be on alert. The most important thing to do is be awake and to follow all of the road rules. We can’t express this enough. Follow the rules and you don’t have to worry about police or anything.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving accessed April 28, 2017.
Barnhill, Elliot. Personal interview. May 4, 2017.
Thorpe, Alissa. Text interview. May 5, 2017.