Look away from the road, look away from your life

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Look away from the road, look away from your life

Lezlie Acevedo, Matea Perez, Hailee Strom, and Jerrod Goncalves

It is common for teenagers to be easily distracted while driving. When on the road, you have to be aware of everything and not get distracted. According to the Impact Teen drivers Website, the majority of teenage deaths are caused by distracted or inexperienced driving.

A teenage driver was distracted while he was driving at the River City bus circle on February 24th, and ended up causing four other drivers to be in a blockade, which caused the school buses to have to take different ways out of the school.

“Since everyone is not taking the proper precautions that they should be, the real danger is the effects that one individual can make by not being cautious for a split second,” says Treasure Acevedo, a sophomore at RC.

There are many distractions out there for teenage drivers, be it cellphones, makeup, or their friends. It’s distractions like these that can cause crashes. In a study done in 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control, 3,242 teen’s ages 15-19 lost their lives by distracted driving crashes.

“The most dangerous part of teens getting behind the wheel is inexperience. Teens have not had the practice of driving in all the different kinds of conditions and situations that their longer driving counterparts have.  There are a lot of ways that I teach students to be safer when driving. I bring in guest speakers, run simulations, and other things,” says Shannon Woods, the Drivers Ed teacher.

A way to decrease the death of teens on the road is to make teens even more aware of the dangers of driving, or teach them the consequences of not being cautious when getting behind the wheel. Although this is gone over in Drivers Ed (a required class) teens are still taking the risk of checking their phones or letting their minds wander into other distractions, risking not only their lives but the lives of other’s as well.

“When I get behind the wheel, I’m most afraid of getting into an accident. There are always going to be a risk of getting into a crash, no matter how safe you try to be. I take driving really seriously. I believe I am responsible enough to not only take care of myself on the road, but also put the life of others in my hands,” says junior Sapana Gautam.

A survey of River City students were asked, “What are you most afraid of when getting/ will get behind the wheel?” 8% answered animals on the road. 11% answered pedestrians. 13% answered distractions in your car. 22% answered getting pulled over. 46% answered other drivers.

Woods says “Students in my class are taught where and when to look as they approach an intersection. They are taught to be drive defensively. To not tailgate and to keep a safe 4 second following distance. These are just a few things that I teach in class. They just need to see the same creativity and ingenuity and they would for something else they desire. It is all a matter of priorities.”

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