Don't Text and Drive at the Same Time

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Kara Botts

Michael Ward

English 1301

17 November 2010

Don’t Text and Drive at the Same Time

As I’m sitting in traffic on the highway my phone goes off. Recognizing the text message ringtone I start to think, “Maybe it’s my roommates asking me where I am, or my sister, what if she got into an accident.” Knowing that traffic will be moving shortly, I look down at my phone to see who texted me. Before I knew it, the car in front of me stops suddenly and I hit the back of them. If you’re behind the wheel and texting at the same time, it causes you to lose your concentration and takes your eyes off the road. It is also very dangerous and you could cause harm to whoever may be around you.

One aspect that gets taken away from everybody while you are texting while you’re driving is your vision. Everyone places their phone different places in their vehicle. For example, they could place it on their dashboard, behind the steering wheel, in the console, or even on their lap. Wherever the phone may be, everyone’s eyes are there. Your eyes are the most important part while you are driving. The minute you take your eyes off of the road, an accident can occur. You may think that you won’t crash into anyone, but you’re wrong. There are a lot of irresponsible people out there that you have to watch out for.

Some people think that they can multitask with texting and driving but they really can’t. Just because someone’s eyes aren’t the phone doesn’t mean their focus isn’t. There is a saying that everybody tends to say a lot and its, “Just because you’re hearing what I’m telling you, doesn’t not mean that you are hearkening to me”. It goes for sight as well. Just because your eyes are on the road doesn’t mean for a minute that you are paying attention to what’s going on around them. Texting is the same way. Even though you might have your eyes on the road, your focus is what’s being said in that text message....
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