Letter: Drive or text, not both
I read the article published on March 17 about texting and driving by Susan Nichols. As a normal 16-year-old in the 21st century, I too have a minor dependency on my cellphone. I use it to connect with friends and family, and also it is a source of entertainment for me.
I am typically on my phone for over an hour a day, however, one place that my phone usage stops is behind the wheel. I received my license about a month ago, and have made the intellectual decision not to check my phone while behind the wheel. I do this for many reasons, which include the fact that I am already not that great of a driver, considering I have already been pulled over within the last month (shoutout to Officer Gouker for the warning). My driving skills are already seemingly sub-par, and I decided that I would not impair them anymore by texting and driving.
Every day when I drive down the road I see many people, whom I might add are not just teenagers, using their phones for various reasons. This needs to stop for the safety of those using their phones and also to be courteous to other drivers and pedestrians. We have all heard horror stories of people who have had accidents and caused deaths that could have been avoided if people would have just put down their phones.
There is no need for constant contact that phones provide while driving. Simply wait 20 minutes or so until you get to your destination to check your phones, because almost always, it can wait.
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