By Sofia DiCillo
This past February I got my license at the age of 17. Four months later, I read about several car accidents where teenagers were driving. According to reports, the causes stemmed from neither drugs and alcohol, nor distracted driving. Instead, one moment became fatal in the lives of these young adults because they did not follow traffic laws. Whether it was rolling through a stop sign or going too fast, all it took was one seemingly minor mistake and it cost them their lives and potentially the lives of others.
This really got me thinking about when I drive on the road. Sometimes we don’t realize how important speed limit signs are or the fact that “STOP” doesn’t mean “just sort of slow down.” To all the new drivers out there, or any teenage driver for that matter, don’t take your license for granted. You were given that license because you are worthy of it. In fact, you were given the opportunity to take that test because your parent/guardian felt you were prepared. So why would you decide now to disobey traffic laws? Does your license no longer signify your driving and safety skills? The license you have is a symbol of readiness that shows a sense of maturity and responsibility. When you intentionally or ignorantly disobey these traffic laws, you are defying more than just law enforcement. You challenge the very foundation that your driving education was built upon.
To these drivers: I advise that you take precautions in order to prevent accidents. You do not want to be the one who has to explain to the parents the inexcusable reason their child was lost in an accident. Don’t take your license for granted. Just because you are a teenager doesn’t mean you are invincible. It struck me recently that teenagers are the ones who are going to take care of the world someday and be in charge of it. How can society be so corrupt that young people turn to a life of disobedience and risk? Any one moment in time could change everything you will ever do from then on. One moment is all it takes. We can never take it back.