Texting and Driving

Charlotte Rooney, Opinion Editor

Your fingers click against your screen as you’re furiously looking from your phone to the road. You’re traveling at a speed of 55, over the speed limit (as usual), and you think you’re fine. You assume after months, maybe years, of texting and driving, you’re a pro. Those commercials can’t possibly apply to you — you’re a responsible, safe driver.

You look up seconds too late and smash into the back of a sedan.

Maybe there are children in it, or maybe someone on their way home from work — but either way, your insurance bill is being hiked up as we speak, and your car is totaled.

You might not care about a car or the cost of insurance.You or your parents may have the capability to take on both.

But, what if you killed someone?

What if you injured someone beyond recovery?

What if you permanently separated a family?

Obviously, these aren’t the things you’re thinking as you send that text.

Your friend, parent, partner or boss seems much more important at the moment than anything else.

Posting that photo, texting your friend or scrolling through updates can definitely wait until you get home.

Hopefully, you’ve never been in a car accident, never totaled your car, and never killed anyone, but all of those things have the possibility of happening if you choose to text and drive.

It can wait.

No text is more important than a life.

Of all the moments in your life, don’t let a few seconds change your life and potentially someone else’s forever.