Rallying for Safety: Distracted Driving

All it takes is a quick glance off the road to respond to a text message or grab a bite to eat to drastically change someone’s life. Many people don’t think much about distracted driving because they’ve done it before without suffering major consequences. It shouldn’t take someone dying or getting major injuries for us to rethink our driving habits.

When asked about his thoughts on distracted driving, junior Noah Herbert responded: “Besides it being dangerous, it’s very inconsiderate to other people who do follow the driving laws.”

Car crashes are the number one cause of teenage deaths killing over 3,000 teens each year. That number is higher than the student population at Centennial High School. Teen drivers crash more often than any other age group. This is very tragic considering the fact that they are required to take safety classes, driving tests, and have restrictions before they get the right to drive.

Would it really make a difference if the driving age was raised to 18? It would be unfair to the portion of teens who take the time to follow the driving laws, but it could save some lives. Hypothetically speaking, when people turn 18, they tend to become more mature because they have to take on more responsibility which would make them question their choices more. Although raising the age requirement might be looked at as unfair to some people, it could save someone’s life.

There are programs available to the public, such as Allstate’s Keep the Drive foundation, that offer safe driving tips and tragic statistics of teen driving gone bad. The program is led by teens across the country who want to make a difference in the lives of their friends and classmates. Keepthedrive.com provides a more in-depth description of the program and it’s also where you can take their safe driving pledge.