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Olson & Scheifley: Risking your life shouldn’t be an everyday activity

Paige Olson and Alisha Scheifley, Breckenridge

A stupid text. A bite of a bagel. Taking off your sweatshirt. Changing the song. Are any of these things worth your life or someone else’s? The little things we do in the car seem harmless; however, one second of distraction is about 100 feet of road full of cars, bikers, pedestrians, wildlife, and many other targets who aren’t necessarily going to move out of your way. Driving while distracted is all too common in our society. The car is a great place to make calls, eat breakfast, put on makeup, talk to friends, and do things which we don’t have time to do elsewhere. Looking down at your iPod to change a song seems easy and safe, but the few seconds in which your eyes stray from the road can be the ones which kill you. One of the easiest ways ensure your safety while driving is to buckle you seatbelt, but some people still find this too difficult. Summit County is an area full of dangerous roads, and people need to pay as much attention as they can. From 1995 to 2000, there were 36 fatal car accidents in Summit County. Those numbers have increased as cell phones have become more common in society. Within the past three months, two Summit High School students have died in road accidents. These events could have been prevented if more precaution had been taken. So, the next time you get in your car, buckle your seatbelt, set the music before you drive off, and eat before you leave the garage. Phone calls and texts can be made later. No matter how good you think you are at multitasking, it’s always best to play it safe when someone’s life is at stake.


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