It was a beautiful day in Florida and three friends were out for a ride in a BMW. What did the medics and police find in the mangled metal? A cell phone in the car with a Snapchat video of the three that was taken just moments before the crash. In this case, they hit a tree and not an innocent family with little children, who would like to live long enough to have a phone.
Florida, in the USA, is my home state. At present we have no laws against using one’s phone while driving, just warnings of the dangers.
More people are calling for stronger measures for distractions by using a phone, whether talking, texting or photographing. Nevertheless, even if we had them, it is most likely that such a law would be ignored by many. One has to ask why people are so afraid of guns or drunk drivers, but those same people who would never harm anyone with a gun or get behind the wheel when drinking, will text and use their phones as instruments of death. It is absurd that one will take such chances with their lives and the lives of others. Many naive young people think they are in control, even while flirting with death. It never occurs to them, even after official warnings, that it could actually happen to them.
Another Floridian made the news after killing four people while driving drunk. He was given a slap on the wrist because he was “too wealthy to know right from wrong”. (This type of punishment may encourage most teens that there are not many consequences to laws.) With the help of his mother, he fled the country only to get another slap on the wrist when charged as an adult. Death that he caused by his behavior had little meaning to this young man.
The phone is convenient and all of us use and love them. However, the seriousness of death has not gotten through to many young people…and adults, unfortunately.
It is permanent!