So often, people do not realize the effects that their actions can have upon themselves and others. One example of this is the tragic modern phenomenon of texting and driving. You might think that it is a little dramatic to refer to this kind of thing as a tragedy. However, under many circumstances it is in fact a tragedy of terrible proportions.
TeenSafe is a group that seeks to educate both young people and their parents about the pitfalls and dangers of the digital world. They say that parents especially need better tools and resources in order to keep up with the ever changing face of social technology. They have been recognized in a number of different ways for their work, but let’s focus on the message for now. TeenSafe has published some real life examples of texting and driving tragedies, so let’s take a quick look.
First, we have the story of a seventeen year old girl from Alabama that died after plowing into the back of a truck. Her mother says that she left work at 9 PM and took the interstate to get home. Her mother apparently had an app that allowed her to track the movement of her daughter’s car in real time and she began to get very worried upon seeing that the car was no longer moving. It wasn’t until much later that she learned the terrible truth regarding what happened and why it happened. Her mother has since dedicated her life to educating teens and parents about the dangers of texting and driving.
Our second case comes from Minnesota in 2016. In this case, a seventeen year old girl was texting and driving when she ran a red light and caused a crash that resulted in the deaths of a man and his young daughter. This case represents the other side of the risk. In our first example, texting and driving got the driver killed. In this case, texting and driving caused the driver to kill two other peopler. Some would argue that this is far worse. Two lives taken and a third one ruined. If that isn’t a tragedy then I don’t know what it.