The threats of absent-minded driving

Eleven teens die every day from texting while driving, according to the Institute for Highway Safety. Distracted driving has unfortunately become a worldwide problem and keeps taking the ones closest to us. Motorists presume they can safely send out a text while continuing to drive but that is simply not the case. The statistics say otherwise.

Your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds when texting. While driving at 55 miles per hour, that can equal someone driving the length of a football field blindfolded, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Imagine the possibilities of what could potentially happen during those quick five seconds. Such a short amount of time could drastically change the victim’s course of life forever.

Remember the one texting may not be the only victim if an accident results from driving obliviously. Innocent lives are constantly ended too soon because of fellow drivers risking lives by typing a message that can wait to be sent until you are off the road. These fatal accidents are preventable.

Don’t forget that texting while driving is also illegal in 38 states, including West Virginia. This means that not only are you endangering your life by driving distracted, you’re lowering the chance of a bright future. Time in jail can be imposed if another driver is injured, fines will occur and your criminal record now has something on it. Acceptance to college and possible job opportunities can be thrown away from one little mishap.

People continually make mistakes and we have come to expect human error. The act of inattentive driving is not always fixable though. We cannot afford to lose any more lives. Inflicting permanent pain on the loved ones of distracted driving victims can’t be changed. Refrain from using a cell phone while driving and save lives.