Stay Safe, West

Peyton Goble

Sure, your parents have told you to be safe. Hearing it constantly can sometimes make people shrug off the wise advice our parents give us. Students often don’t consider consequences of seemingly innocent actions. Almost all students at West Jessamine have a cell phone, and a lot of students drive independently. Driving is a privilege, and it is also one of the most dangerous daily activities in the world.

On average, car wrecks kill over 40,000 people per year in the U.S. This statistic is frightening, but there are many simple ways to lower the risk of a car wreck. Texting was the cause of 25% of the collisions in 2015. This may seem surprising, but the fact is that texting and driving increases the risk of a collision by 23%. We have all heard the saying, “No text is worth your life” but do we take it into consideration? Why can’t a simple reply to a family member or friend wait until we park our cars? Texting is a great technological innovation, but it should not be used while driving. No one wants to see their classmates injured or dead due to texting and driving. If you text and drive, consider your family, friends, and other loved ones. What would they do if something that seemed so minor injured or killed you? It is a tough thing to think about, but it help you resist the temptation to text and drive.

Texting and driving is not often a conscious decision, but rather a reaction to an alert coming from a phone. When you get in your car to drive, turn your phone off or put it on silent. If just the sight of your phone tempts you, then put it in your console.

Driving is especially dangerous during the winter. Ice makes for slick roads that increase the risk of wrecking. Do not mix a texting and driving habit with slick roads, or even perfectly clear roads. Stay safe over Christmas break and drive carefully.

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