I was driving today down Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights and stopped at the intersection waiting for the light to turn green when I was rear-ended by another driver.
When I got out of the car, the first thing I asked the young woman who was behind the steering wheel was “Were you texting?!”
Guess what she answered?
Some might consider this back luck, but this isn’t the first time this is happening to me. Almost the same scenario happened to me earlier this year – in Crown Heights, as well.
I’m not an older grouch kvetching about young people killing themselves while doing stupid things. Actually, she was probably older than me. But older doesn’t always mean wiser…
She asked if I wanted to call the police to make a report, I didn’t.
Instead, I told her that she should just make sure to update her parents about what happened and that tomorrow she shouldn’t be texting again behind the wheel.
Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It is the cause of nearly 25% of all car accidents, resulting in 11 teen deaths every day.
Think for a minute, just how lucky she is that she (hopefully) learned her lesson without killing anyone. It’s not a joke. Besides for the legal ramifications, imagine living the rest of your life either injured physically or emotionally injured for hurting another person.
So if your friend, child or even parent texts while driving, please tell them something. It’ll save their life.