To the kids who furiously speed down 290 and sit in the fast lane while snap-chatting and checking insta; HOW DO YOU THINK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN? Listen up DSHS, I have a few points to make. It’s time we get serious about the perils of being a bad driver.

First of all, why are you speeding in the first place? Do you really want to get to school faster than everyone else? Speeding not only puts you in serious danger if you were to crash your car, but it also makes you more susceptible to getting pulled over.

I’m sure explaining that to your parents would make for a great time. Sure, I will be the first to admit that I’ve gotten lost in a daze of borderline highway hypnosis and accidentally sped up unknowingly, but that is no excuse for being a rude driver. Speeding aggressively around people going five over the speed limit is rude.

Pulling out in front of a car going 65 is rude. Not paying attention to what’s going on is rude. There is absolutely no point in speeding around me when we all know I’m going to end up right next to you at the next red light.

Furthermore, texting and driving makes you look like an idiot. If there is something so important going on that you need to put everyone’s life on the line so you can text and drive, pull over! There is no text, call, Snapchat, Instagram post or subtweet that is more important than keeping yourself safe.

I get it, social media is addicting, but we have to stop acting like we’re invincible to the dangers that come with driving. Putting your phone down for a 20 minute drive to school isn’t impossible.

If you’re thinking, “okay texting and driving isn’t that hard. I could do it with my eyes closed,” you are LYING. Don’t tell me that you swerving and speeding in your brand new car is you paying attention to the road. If you’re lucky enough to have a car, be grateful that you have your license, and refuse to take advantage of those things.  I assume that most people won’t actually consider this until they wreck their car while sending a snap, but by then, it might be too late. It would be extremely unfortunate to lose a classmate because of texting and driving.

My advice to everyone is to be patient. Park your car in the slow lane, set your cruise control to the speed limit, play some hipster instrumental nose flute music and chill out. You will get to your destination eventually where you can check your phone all you want. In the meantime, pretend like every time you drive, you’re driving with a parent. Be safe, friends.

Written by Rylee Matousek

Contributing Writer