You know that texting while driving has become a big problem in the United States when it is the central point around an entire major motion picture. In the movie, Seven Pounds, Ben Thomas (played by Will Smith) sees his entire life turned upside down when he causes a major car crash that is the result of a one-time glance at his cell phone.
Throughout the entire movie, you’re left to wonder why he is being such a kind and generous person. When everything finally unfolds, you see how his actions all relate back to a single moment and a single text message behind the wheel, and the tragedy he’s had to live with.
So what does this have to do with you?
- As the American movie-loving culture we are, many people think with all the special effects that are so common-place nowadays, things that happen in movies won’t happen in real life. With this movie, you can be certain that a car crash caused by texting and driving, not only can happen, but will. And most of the time, it’s all just a matter of when.
- This is just another overly dramatic example that car crashes are a reality. Driving while texting is EXTREMELY dangerous. Add in that many teens have little to no driving experience and the result is an especially deadly combination.
So what can you do to change the attitudes of your friends about texting while driving?
- If you are the passenger of a friend that is driving while texting, tell them to put the phone down, turn it off, or simply ignore the text message—the phone will still be there when you stop or arrive at your destination.
- Tell your friends that it’s not safe. Remind them of the movie.
- Start up a Teens in the Driver Seat program at your school. The steps are easy and can be found on t-driver.com.
Next time you think about texting while driving, think about this: taking your eyes off the road could change your life forever. It could also change or end the life of another driver or passenger.
Find more information about safe driving in the about the program section of t-driver.com. Spread the word, save a life.