Ten more minutes..

Most people today have a cell phone that they always have with them. Phones as well as technology have became popular in todays society. Each year new/better technology is created and released to the public. People are willing to spend a lot for their electronic devices. Most people get on their phone everywhere they go, during whatever they are doing. However, behind the wheel is unacceptable.

From the time we were in middle school and through high school we have been shown videos of the horrible effects of texting while driving. Most teens believe it is just a scare tactic to prevent them from being on their phone. They believe the horrific accidents won’t happen to them. The kids who think they are unbreakable, “that it won’t happen to them” will realize the importance of staying off your phone while driving until it is to late.

Imagine driving down the road, the radio is jamming your favorite song that makes you feel the happiest person in that moment. Your phone goes off and you feel the need to pick up your phone and text your friend back, you sent a text that could have waited ten more minutes. However, you won’t make it that 10 extra minutes, your mom won’t see you pull up into the driveway, she never thought it would be her last time saying the she loves you earlier that day. While you were sending that unimportant text back, you swerved into the other lane colliding into another vehicle. That vehicle had a family of four inside the car, you destroyed their lives, they will never be the same. Two little girls lost their parents because of you, your parents lost you, all because of a unimportant text message that could have waited ten more minutes. Your parents will get a phone call or maybe a state trooper will drive to your house and tell them personally. Your mother will fall to her knees while your father stands in shock. Their baby is gone forever. Two young girls will grow up without their parents and will be raised in foster care because of you. You should have waited only ten more minutes to reply.

Imagine you survived the accident but the parents still passed away. You will have to live with the guilt of tearing apart a young, beautiful and happy family. You will realize the hurt you have caused two young children. Two murders will be placed on your shoulders, people will be ashamed of you. Your parents will be blessed to still have you in their lives but will be highly disappointed in you. Imagine laying down every night and having the accident replay in your mind. You will constantly ask yourself why you didn’t wait ten more minutes to answer a simple text, a text that took away two amazing people.

Now imagine waiting that ten extra minutes to reply. Your mom got to see you pull up into the driveway and greet you at the door. She gets to ask you, her baby, how your day went and how hers went. You can reply to your friend and make plans to hangout with them, instead of them planning to go to your funeral.  Your parents want be hurt or disappointed, they will be happy to spend another day with you. A family gets to enjoy their day, they made it to the park to spend family time together. Two young girls get to grow up with both their parents in a happy family and will soon have another sibling. You waited ten more minutes, saved yourself and a beautiful family.

Stay off your phone while behind the wheel, it can wait.

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