Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

$1,000

September 30, 2020

Awards Available: 1

  • Scholarship Description
  • The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving. You must be a high school student or a current undergrad or graduate school student of any level. Home-schooled students are also eligible. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. The winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500-1,000 word essay about texting while driving. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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  • Scholarship Committee
  • 3561 Homestead Road #113
  • Santa Clara, CA 95051-5161
  • scholarship@digitalresponsibility.org

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Chelsea C.  on 2/20/2020 4:48:16 PM

In the U.S, drunk driving has been ranked one of the most popular casualties varying from all ages. I am applying for this scholarship to possibly help spread awareness in any shape or form

Meghanne R  on 2/19/2020 6:18:08 PM

YES! I got in a crash due to texting and driving. It was my first ever crash, so scary. Ever since that day, I pledge not to.

Kyaira C  on 2/15/2020 10:25:26 AM

Yes I applied

Sama'a A  on 2/10/2020 1:11:39 PM

I applied for the no texting and driving scholarship. And i just wanted to stress that you shouldn't drive and text because its not only your life your risking. Your putting someone elses life in danger a complete stranger you didnt know young, old, just married, in a relationship, single it doesnt matter because in the end one text may take one life.

Kelly B  on 2/3/2020 2:50:36 PM

I am very interested in this topic and would like to apply for this scholarship.

Saniya B  on 1/31/2020 6:12:24 PM

Please do not text and drive! Too many teens are dieting day by day just by texting and driving. Save your life and the other and just put the phone down while driving! Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship.

Denis P  on 1/24/2020 9:45:27 AM

I think drink and text its not the right idea you may finish with somebodys life our you on life

Brian M  on 1/20/2020 7:31:08 PM

When I was 14 years old I decided to join the volunteer fire department in my town. Through my almost 4 years of being in the department, I have seen my fair share of accidents caused by texting and driving. Many accused of it will respond with oh I did not even see that person coming or that they really weren't using their phone. One thing that people always think when they decide to text and drive is, "It will never happen to me." Those people think that they will never be the ones to get into an accident and that is where they are wrong. Even if they are not in an accident they can surely cause one. That is the reason you don't text and drive because you put your life in danger as well as someone else's and you cause harm to them and their family waiting for them at home.

Catherine H  on 1/15/2020 8:26:23 AM

Everyday more and more teens are getting behind the wheel and no thinking about what could happen if they are on their phone will driving. Their whole world could change in a matter of 2 seconds.

Ransom D  on 1/8/2020 8:13:39 PM

I'm trying to apply for this scholarship.

JEFFREY W  on 1/8/2020 4:46:24 PM

With the advance in technology, this seems to be a big issue in our society. Younger teenagers are getting their hands on cellphones and this is an issue that must be made aware to them.

Alejandra D  on 1/8/2020 1:05:59 PM

I'm not very good with expressing my feelings.

Anna S  on 1/7/2020 11:16:38 PM

Where do you send the essay after you have applied? It only sent me a confirmation email with some links in it to their supporters, with no details on where to send the essay. I was able to write a 140 character pledge, but that was just part of the registration.

Victoria A.  on 1/3/2020 8:13:51 PM

I applied because this topic is an important issue that people sometimes take lightly.

Erza S  on 12/12/2017 5:26:23 PM

When I was younger, my cousin died texting and driving. Today, I constantly think of him and how he taught me a valuable lesson to put down the phone, you can check the message later, but you cannot check your life later.

Brittany B  on 12/11/2017 8:44:50 PM

Please do not text and drive! Save your life and the lives of others and put your phone away while you are driving! Thank you for the opportunity of applying for this scholarship!

Hunter S  on 12/5/2017 6:52:28 AM

#FreeMeek shoutout to the sam in the comments

Damilola l  on 11/30/2017 5:19:27 PM

The text messages will always be there, it is better to stay safe and aware of our environment when driving because others life and future could be dependent on our driving resposnsibilties. I have a friend that is now wheelchiar bound due to an incident that invloved a driver texting and driving at the same time

11/21/2017 9:30:52 AM

I am very excited to see scholarships like this one. I have lost a good friend due to texting and driving, and she left behind two wonderful daughters. Also recently two students in two separate accidents have also died because of it in our town. As well as, a construction worker who was killed by a high school junior on her way to school. She is actually facing serious legal ramifications, and her life is forever changed. There have also been too numerous accidents to count caused by this form of distracted driving here. This may not seem like big numbers, but I live in a town of 5000 people. Please do not do it. The phone can wait.

11/16/2017 10:48:51 AM

Please do not text and drive ! I am a beginner driver that can tell when someone is texting and make the roads so much more dangerous ! When you first start driving everything is new and I need everyone to be alert !!

Destiny W  on 10/22/2017 6:14:14 PM

hello after i typed the essay how do i send it to somebody for the contest

Bethany H  on 9/30/2017 2:01:08 PM

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, I greatly appreciate it.

Amber C  on 9/30/2017 1:05:13 PM

Texting while driving is very dangerous because you aren’t causious of what is going on around you. There are a lot of teenagers out there who think it is okay to text and drive especially those who are just getting their license. It’s very dangerous to text and drive because you are making others around you more susceptible to get into a wreck with you because you are not paying attention and could run into their car. Texting while driving causes you to pay more attention to your phone than driving, so many people think they can handle texting while driving but in the reality that we live in you can’t. Texting while driving has the same risks as drunk driving neither one of them are good for you and in both sittuations you could hit someone or run off the road into a ditch or hit a tree and kill you instantly. Many teenagers think its cool to text and drive at the same time but its really not cool, When you think about getting pulled over by a police man because its against the law to text and drive. When teens text and drive they put everyone that is on the road in danger. There are many more reasons as to why you shouldn’t text and drive but most teens dont follow them because most teens dont think about the harm that just texting and driving can do and they dont think about the risk factors that could follow.

8/29/2017 1:02:37 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I know a friend that died from texting and driving, my mom has been in a car wreck because a woman texting and driving didn't stop at a stop sign, and I have seen people nearly collide because they were texting and driving. I feel it is important to remember you not only put yourself at risk but others too when you text and drive. Therefore I believe it is important to apply for this scholarship to inform my community about the hazards of texting and driving.

Brandon H  on 8/28/2017 1:58:59 AM

Hello, can we exceed the word count by 100 or more words, or is is strictly 500 - 1,000? perhaps the 1,000 cap is there because students are not expected to exceed the limit? Just Curious! Thank you.

Tressa L  on 8/23/2017 12:28:40 PM

Thank you for the opportunity to get a scholarship and good luck to everyone who is wanting this award.

Robert S  on 8/3/2017 2:54:53 PM

I applied for this Scholarship. Thank you for the Opportunity to do so.

Brandon H  on 8/1/2017 2:10:04 PM

people were driving in a car and boom crash their dead. people are sad. people are very sad. pople go to funeral and be sad. then you go home and are sad. dont text and drive, it will make you sad.

Emily A  on 7/27/2017 7:46:36 PM

I always try my best to inform those driving not to text while doing so. It worries me how much trust people actually put into themselves while texting and driving; I've tried riding a bicycle and texting and I fell on my face.

Melissa G  on 7/25/2017 1:49:07 PM

GUYS READ: this is the comment section, not the actual application to the scholarship. The application is where the "Apply Now" button is in the top right hand corner next to the deadline date click that and it should take you to the application where it ask you questions and then submit a 140 word response.

Daniela V  on 6/12/2017 11:11:19 AM

I had a quick question, Where do we submit the essay?

Aniya O  on 6/7/2017 12:39:02 PM

I applied for the scholarship because texting and driving is a big deal not only for teenagers but for all drivers. If is a matter of life or death because in a blink of an eye your life as well as others could be gone. So when your driving don't be selfish by texting and not thinking of others because you put your life and others in danger. DONT TEXT AND DRIVE.

Victoria M  on 5/31/2017 3:02:37 PM

In a snap your whole world disappears, your existence and what part you played in it. Metal collides with metal, bones collide with bones, people are broken and mourning. The wreckage is silent, all that but of the ding of a phone. The text was from a mother waiting to see her son return from military base. Sadness overwhelms her when instead of receiving a text from her son the police call her. Not only did you take your life, but you took the life of someone who was loved. Someone who had devoted their whole life to make a change in the world. So was it worth it? To send that message which resulted in one person getting a goofy face and leaving families mourning for your life and others? Don't text and drive.

Elizabeth S  on 5/26/2017 4:30:44 PM

What is more important, sending that text, or your life? Should you send a Snapchat to your friend, or keep your eyes on the road? Do you want to update your status, send out a tweet, or avoid that crash if you had picked up your phone? Every life is precious, and if you think otherwise, you need to take a step back and readjust your focus.

Lindsey H  on 5/9/2017 9:35:58 AM

How would you feel if your child never came back home? How would you feel if you got three knocks on your front door and when you opened it, there stood a police officer waiting to tell you that your son, daughter, or spouse will not be coming back home because they were killed in a car accident due to a driver texting and driving? Texting can wait! When you are behind the wheel your full, undivided attention should be on the road and your surroundings, not the text message you're typing or reading. A human life is worth more than a couple of words on a cell phone screen! it Can wait!!! You can prevent this! You can very easily make the difference and determine if someone's loved one will be coming home or not!

Demari C  on 4/23/2017 10:32:27 AM

We all know texting and driving is illegal and selfishly dangerous to ourselves, and to people in the vicinity as well as their vehicles. So why do it? some of the most common answers are "I didn't think..."or "I didn't know..." or "I didn't believe..."; several excuses made by ignorance of the consequences and true details of the situation after the fact that a life was lost. Before you Pick up the phone remember: it CAN happen to you, and it CAN wait.

Mia l  on 3/29/2017 5:46:47 PM

Teens Live on their phones 24/7, espically while driving. It has become worse than drinking and driving. Everyone thinks taking their eyes off the road for 2 seconds is harmless, but causing you and maybe also the person next to you their lives. While you were sending a text, distracting yourself, you may have killed an innoent person who was maybe on their way to pick up their child, go home to their family, or even driving to graduation. Because of you, these people have lost their loved ones. It takes two seconds before driving, to leave your phone on "Do Not Disturb" mode, hit shuffle, and go along with your trip. Let's lower the numbers.

Madeline J  on 3/19/2017 12:23:10 AM

Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death for not only teenagers but for all. Texting while driving has become a greater hazard than drinking and driving among teenagers who openly acknowledge reading and sending text messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. It just takes 2 seconds to take your eyes off the road to create an accident or become a victim in a car crash or even losing a loved one. A life can not be replaced. Texting and driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country's top killers. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don't lie. Texting while driving is dangerous. There are 1,600.000 accidents per year. Texting while driving is a distraction and should be avoided at all times. It is important to be constantly aware of your actions and the actions of other drivers. It is against the Law to text and drive. So let's stop texting while driving and save lives.

Brianna B  on 2/8/2017 10:00:57 PM

According to the National Safety Council the use of cell phones while driving causes 1.6 million wrecks every year. Most teenagers think that they are "experienced" enough to text and drive and they also think that it's harmless, but they are completely wrong. Anyone is capable of getting into an accident, even someone with years of experience under their belt. A text will completely distract the driver from keeping both eyes on the road, so texting while driving increases your chances of running off the road, rear ending the car in front of you, or swerving into another lane. Before texting while driving, you should ask yourself "Is this text worth losing my life or someone else's?"

Dominique R  on 1/29/2017 2:03:51 AM

Beep, your smart phone dings, do you pick it up? What is the cost of checking that text from your friends or family? Is it worth your life, an innocent drivers life? No, it's not. Texting while driving can endanger not only your life but the life of others around you. What ever the message says, it can wait. Living is more important than a few simple words on a screen. Don't text and drive, change the statistic.

Evangelina E  on 1/22/2017 12:38:03 PM

Texting and driving has become a huge epidemic within our ever-changing, technologically dependent society. With the development of cell phones, keeping in contact has never been easier. We can easily call someone, text them, snap chat them, Instagram them, Facebook message them, and even email them. However along with this convenience we are becoming so dependent on what is going on in the world of technology. It is hard to drive down the road and be stopped at a stop light and not see at least one person around you checking their phone. Additionally people have become so addicted to their phones that recklessly driving down the road with their eyes on their phones has become the norm. The repercussions of this have been thousands of unfortunate and tragic vehicular deaths. Until people start realizing that looking at their phones isn't more important than their lives or the lives of others we won't see a change. Sadly people are killed everyday because of texting and driving, and people are forced to live without their loved ones. What will it take to make a change?

Akili H  on 1/18/2017 8:56:41 AM

Texting and driving is extremely dangerous and reckless. When you text and drive you put not only your life but others in danger. This isn't only for teenagers but all ages that are able to drive. People should be warned more often about the risk of texting and driving, and they should also start to ban phone from people who disobey the law and text and drive.

Haley S  on 1/12/2017 12:09:05 PM

i think that texting and driving is not emphasized enough to the teenagers today that beside the fact that it is illegal, its an extreme safety hazard. I have experienced first hand the consequences of texting and driving. My sister was on her way to a Christmas concert to meet my family she looked down for five second and just like that the green light was red. We ended up creating a domino effect of about 4 cars and pushed the first into the intersection. Nobody was severely hurt, yet she had caused a lot of damage. Texting and driving is a real temptation, we think that just peeking at it won't hurt, I myself am guilty of that desire so I turn my phone on airplane mode when i drive until i reach my destination. Its a real problem that needs more attention drawn to it.

sophia m  on 1/12/2017 10:07:57 AM

Distracted driving is the leading cause in death of todays teens. Distracted driving is anything that may distract the driver while he or she is behind the wheel like, friends in the back seat, eating or drinking, and the major one TEXTING. Texting while driving or even looking at the latest tweet isn't worth risking your life or the drivers around you. You can prevent accidents by collision if you put your phone down for that 20 minute drive, it wont kill you. Be smart and stop texting and driving today.

Samantha H  on 1/9/2017 8:51:21 PM

I have always believed strongly that people should not be able to text and drive. It distracts you and may cause harm to you or others. If you see someone texting while driving then I suggest you tell them to pay attention to the road, it is the right thing to do. People that text while driving could hit a pedestrian. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and any other social media is distracting to the driver. Be smart and stop texting while driving.

charles s  on 12/16/2016 11:59:28 AM

ayite so i know texting and driving aint right, and so thats why you get it poppin wit tha I-watch u diiig. for real tho yall got good points. i see u monica, i see u giovanni. shout out everybody out there in tha struggle. college money, college money, #freedaguys. this scholarship would help thanks.

Giovanni L  on 12/14/2016 2:19:58 PM

I believe that texting and driving is ridiculous now days with all the people getting injured loosing there lives over a text. It's not just texting its everything that on your phone snapchat, Instagram, phone calls, notifications, I just hope people start to realize what they doing when they are driving putting them self on risk and other people lives on risk as well.

Monica C  on 12/12/2016 10:10:16 PM

I believe that now in days the temptation to text and drive is out of control. Many people feel the urge to answer their texts, snapchats, dm etc. whenever even on the road. What they don't stop a realize is that this can cost them their life or worse someone else's. Texting and driving has now been made illegal in some states but not all, like where I live in California. I have seen first hand people answering their texts without thinking twice. Lastly I hope that this can be put under control so that the roads can be a safer and less accident prone.

Saja O  on 11/10/2016 9:34:46 PM

Hello, texting and driving is not an okay thing. It can cause so many problems to happen it can lead to death what I prefer for you to do while driving is for you to text when a red light comes on when you're parked! You can answer a text or a snap or even a tweet later don't put you life at risk just for that. Its not worth dying!

Jameson A  on 10/22/2016 5:16:45 AM

I think this is a good idea to not driving while driving because that can lead to death not only you but people around you.

Juan Jose V  on 10/20/2016 2:52:29 PM

THIS IS THE COMMENTS SECTION. NOT THE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP. NOOBS

Leah L  on 10/15/2016 1:54:19 AM

save a life, don't text and drive. I did apply for this and took the pledge to not text and drive. I am going to share this with my children. I have already lost 2 of my children, one in a car wreck so I do not want anything else to happen to my others. God is good for allowing me to read their web sight and take the pledge.

jasmin l  on 10/11/2016 1:07:20 PM

Sounds like a pretty great scholarship i'm very interested in being involved.

Chase M  on 10/4/2016 1:48:11 PM

I have always been warned about texting and driving through media, friends, and my family. Not everyone paid attention to what everyone tells you about the dangers of Texting and Driving.. Until you see it first hand. You lose someone who was close to you, whether it be a family member or a close friend. It's been a few years since it happened, but losing one of my best friends to a single text the driver thought was important hit me hard. All the emotions flowing through at once, the fact I never got to say goodbye one last time, the fact that person is gone. Then the realization for the family.. Don't make the ones you love and those who love you worry. #DONTTEXTANDDRIVE!

Madison S  on 9/28/2016 5:22:05 PM

#X is a powerful thing!

Alfredo L  on 9/27/2016 8:42:06 PM

(I have applied to the scholarship) Most people in this current generation are unaware of how texting while driving is a dangerous act, not only that, other activities that relies on your concentration while driving is considered dangerous. Teens today, are considered to be the most common factor of wreckage from "activities" while driving, which is why the insurance starts at a really high price when it comes to new drivers or people who are in the age range of 16 to 25, most teenagers would not comprehend the importance of concentrating on the road, most of them would not consider putting their distractions away and focus on the road, teenagers would think that nothing would go wrong during the process of a few seconds of not looking at the road. The risks of drivers to distant their concentration off the road are very critical, they may get hit, crash, slip, or even hurting other civillians without injuring the driver. Advertising local warnings of how dangerous it is to text and drive would be a good way to alert the passing drivers, showing explicit content of people who have gotten into a car crash however, might be a little too harsh for the human eyes but it is a slightly necessary thing to do to cause a fear to the driver that it might/will happen to them as well. There have been a lot of reports/cases of people getting into a car crash simply because texting while driving, a simple gesture of the human being in the united states often do is to apply for a lawsuit against the "distracted" driver, not doing anything else other than driving will save people money and lives as well. Simple phrases used by the distracted driver such as how they ask of forgiveness, however, that is not always what they say, sometimes when the "distracted" driver who hit somebody would be filled with rage causing them to outset a fight, a simple fight such as exchanging excessively harsh words towards each other or just a simple physical fight, which everyone does not want to enc

Ethan H  on 9/23/2016 8:08:45 AM

Ding Ding, that is the sound of your phone as it goes off while you are driving down the road, you think to yourself, "should I answer it?" you decide not to answer it, because you know that if you answer that phone, there is a possibility that you can swerve and either end your life or someone else. You made the right decision. Congratulations you win.

Destiny B  on 9/22/2016 2:09:48 PM

It is important that you don't text and drive. If you're a young teen texting and driving and get into a wreck your insurance will rise and your licenses can be took away.

Mackenzie R  on 9/21/2016 12:16:30 PM

"I’m sorry,” a two worded term used when we as people intentionally or unintentionally mess something up, forget something, the list is endless. Although an “I’m Sorry,” can fix something such as forgetting to feed your dog, or forgetting to grab your little brothers sweatshirt, it cannot fix the death of someone you do not even know; the feeling someone else’s family will have after they find out their son, daughter, mother, or sister has been killed in another act of texting and driving. Is it intentional or unintentional? Did you mean to answer the text message? In the United States there are 1,600,000 accidents a year due to texting and driving, don’t make someone else’s life or even your own just a number to tell your boyfriend you love him.

katelyn f  on 9/21/2016 7:23:58 AM

you shouldn't text and drive because that one second that you take off the road could potentially end your life. no text message is worth a life and it can defiantly wait. a lot of people think that they are okay to be on their phone while they are driving because they trust their self and they feel like they are experienced enough but any car any time can come out of no where, it happens all the time. it is an understandable instinct to answer or look at your phone when it rings from call or message but it is a very bad habit to get into if you pick up your phone every time to reply or answer whoever it is, this does put you and anyone else in their car at risk.

Iris G  on 9/20/2016 10:30:33 AM

A text message isn't worth your life or anyone's life. It's sad to say that one notification message has been the cause of so many tragic deaths. When you take your eyes off the road at any point while operating a moving vehicle, you are risking not only your safety, but the safety of others. Not to mention that it is against the law and it can end you up with a large fine or ultimately incarceration. Your boyfriend/girlfriend can wait. Don't put your life and other lives at stake over a text message. If that's too difficult than you aren't prepared to be behind a wheel in the first place.

Jalyncia R  on 9/20/2016 9:19:27 AM

I personally think that you shouldn't text and drive because you can't see the road while you are looking down and you could be driving and crash right into on coming traffic. Also you could run red lights and possibly hitting a human being. I wouldn't text in drive because I could also hurt myself or kill myself.

Jonel F  on 9/18/2016 11:52:52 PM

I would never take my eyes of the road if I know it means danger. Every time I am driving on the freeway there is an accident. People losing their lives for looking at their phone while driving. Some of them think that because they are stuck in traffic and the car is not moving fast, they can take a moment to text. It's wrong.!

Eldorbek H  on 9/18/2016 7:51:39 PM

My brother sent me a video one day while I was sitting and watching TV, the video was on Facebook. It was an experiment, and in the video there were these people and they got asked the question "what's you reason for texting and driving?" they all said they cant stop them self's, its a habit or they cant just ignore the person that texted them and laughed about it like it was some joke a comedian was telling. until they brought this girl who was affected by that situation which is texting and riving. the victims both parents died, and she was paralyzed and had to stay in a hospital for a long time and fight for her life. the people who saw that really got emotional and started crying just as I did while watching it. And they all promised never to text and drive and always be alert and this video really stuck out to me and really got me emotional because I stopped and realized that your actions, stupid actions can leave someone with a unimaginable pain for the rest of their life.

Harshita V  on 9/16/2016 9:23:23 PM

It takes about 2 seconds for your mind to divert from focusing on the road to seeing who sent to a message. When you text and drive you're not only putting your life in danger but the peoples' around you as well. You could be on the road driving, your phone might beep and you end up taking your eyes off the road or a couple seconds and boom you just crashed. There could be other people with you and as you being the driver it's your responsibility that everyone in that car is safe and needs to get to their location in a safe and sound manner. If you text and drive will you be able to pay the price of the person you have lost? Will you ever think to yourself that if I didn't text and drive I could've have saved their lives? A text doesn't disappear in a few seconds but if you don't pay attention to the road you will never know where that moment went. You will just be thinking to yourself that I could've done something but I chose not too. Think before you text and drive. Is it really worth more than your life?

Caylor W  on 9/13/2016 9:50:15 AM

You are going down the road and your phone dings. You take a moment to read the message. You are texting back your reply when you look up and notice you are on the wrong side of the road. The oncoming car is too close to be able to swerve or stop. You try to get back into your lane but your car spins and you black out. When you come to you look over and see your little sibling in the passenger seat. They are not moving or breathing. Every time you get into the car you are haunted by the memory and looking at your phone brings flashbacks. You cannot bring their life back, think about your passengers as well as loved ones when you go to text and drive.

Nikaeshia B  on 9/13/2016 9:28:57 AM

The minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when your texting and driving is 5 seconds. 13% of drivers age 18-20 involved I n car wrecks admitted to texting and talking on their phone at the time of the crash. 52% of teens has admitted to talking on the phone while driving. This is a serious thing to take serious people lives are ending just in a end of time.

Madelynn W  on 9/12/2016 2:47:50 PM

An everyday task can easily turn deadly if you text while drive and are not entirely aware of the world outside your vehicle. It only takes a second or two or thee to look or peek at that message, text or email...What happened outside while you looked away from the road and the world. Did you notice the elderly man stumble as he tired to cross the road, or the women chasing after her small child unaware of the car? Did you see the pedestrian trying to cross or were you looking at your phone to answer it and then realize you just killed injured or killed someone else. Your life the lives of other surrounding you are not worth your phone. Drive, but not text.

Cristal p  on 9/9/2016 3:15:17 PM

Yes I applied for the scholarship. I believe in a better future where tragedies wont happen due to texting and driving. I have a daughter and I would want a future for her where, whether she is driving or just in a car she can be safe in the fact that there wont be anyone not paying attention to the road due to texting and driving.

Alysia C  on 9/9/2016 12:27:04 PM

Until you receive the text message that your Bestfriend is sprawled out in the middle of the street because someone took only a few seconds to reply to a text message, you never really understand how dangerous texting and driving is. Not until you're sitting in the funeral service listening to their mom cry about how they'll never see their baby boy again, not until you're speaking on how great of a person they were, not until you realize that all those plans you made for college will never come to plan. You never consider something so "harmless" as sending a text message.

Ciara F  on 9/8/2016 3:44:51 PM

I have applied for this scholarship because I lost a very close friend to texting and driving and I've learned at that point the text can wait! People's lives are at stake and everyone's life matters.

Waheem L  on 9/8/2016 12:09:21 PM

Yes I have applied for the following scholarship because I think it is a serious problem that needs to be solved. I believe texting and driving causes a lot of deaths throughout the world. The problem could be easily resolved if people just put the phones down and wait till after their done driving to send a text.

Kaitlin L  on 9/1/2016 4:59:22 PM

Yes, I applied because I feel that texting and driving needs to addressed, and many people have died while texting or they have killed someone else.

Aliza D  on 8/30/2016 2:10:57 PM

We all hear it and we are all taught about the problems with texting and driving. Most people agree and know that what they participate in is wrong. Is a life worth a minor text that could be sent right when you are done driving? What will it take for people of all ages to understand that the device can wait? It shouldn't have to come to something happening to you or a loved one so that we can learn the significance of being focused while driving. You are in control of a motor vehicle and only you can prevent harm from happening. It's becoming a much bigger issue in the generation now by how much teenagers rely on their phones, and we must stop it now because teenagers are the adults of the future.

Bridgette S  on 8/30/2016 1:27:20 PM

Daphne is in the passenger seat looking out the window. She isn't looking at anything new or interesting, just the same old shops and local businesses she has driven past her whole life. She looks over at her sister, Karina who is driving at the speed limit with two hands on the steering wheel. Karina always slowed down at yellow lights, always wore her seat belt, and always attentively paid attention to the road. Karina would never want to put anyone else life in jeopardy. The girls are headed to the movie theater, which was located in their town, only ten minutes away. The phone was resting in the cup holder when it suddenly vibrated. Karina places one hand off of the driving wheel and reaches for the phone. In a time span of 10 seconds she looks down and reads the text. . .

ashley f  on 8/29/2016 8:53:57 PM

Texting and driving is something not to play around with. There is always a time to not text and that's exactly it. Technology has improved and progressed a lot over the years and simply a lot of deaths also have happened due to people not waiting to send a text when stopped or out of their car. Now a days you learn that it can wait, a text can wait; why put yourself and others in danger when all you have to do is simply wait to send a text.

Katelynn T  on 8/29/2016 5:17:42 PM

i did apply for this scholarship because the topic really got my attention in the first place! and i think everyone should participate in this scholarship not just because of the " easy" money but this is the topic for everyone who are eligible have their hands behind the wheels. You will not only put yourself at risk but other lives as well.

Olivia B  on 8/29/2016 10:55:18 AM

Texting and Driving can ruin your life, but it can also ruin other's lives too. By texting and driving, you are putting someone's family member in danger, and that's not okay.

Skylar M  on 8/28/2016 4:42:08 PM

In an age where technology rules over everything else, we must begin to put safety first. Something as simple as sending a quick text message while driving has killed hundreds of people. We learn in the early stages of driving that we must stay focused on the road and aware of our surroundings. You are not only putting your on life at stake when you text and drive but other drivers as well.

Rebecca A  on 8/26/2016 4:18:51 PM

Kids hear it over and over. It is drilled into the heads of our young drivers. But, only enough, the majority of drivers I whiteness texting are adults. I believe there is not enough adult based education on the statistics of injuries and deaths of the middle aged drivers. More experienced drivers most likely think they can both text and keep control of their vehicles. This is a myth! It is impossible to safely look at your cell phone while behind the wheel. Even stopped at a traffic light, one needs to be aware of their surroundings. A life could depend on one text that just couldn't wait! Rebecca Anglin Ashford University

Jonnya J  on 8/20/2016 5:12:58 PM

Texting and driving has become a recent issue in today's society. Many teens, as well as adults, have formed a habit of using their cell phones while driving their cars. It is distracting and the probabilities of getting involved in a car accident while driving are higher than if you are not.

Katherine W  on 8/15/2016 5:55:21 PM

Texting while driving can impact an entire family. In my area, a woman died after driving under the back of a semi truck at a stop light. Her kids will grow up not knowing her. Sadly, 48% of kids aged 12-17 have been in an accident due to the driver texting. It only takes a few seconds to pull over if you must send an urgent text and/or read one. Texting while driving has a bigger impact on your reaction time than driving under the influence. Texting means that you're not watching your speed or traffic. Drivers could potentially harm themselves and others. Plus, it is against the law in many states!

Hannah M  on 8/5/2016 2:46:09 AM

Applied because this is actually something I'm super serious and passionate about (plus it was super easy)

Emily F  on 8/4/2016 4:49:39 PM

Hey guys I just want to leave this here because it seems like a lot of people are typing their responses to it in the comments. You have to click on the link above titled "Website Address" and it'll take you to the site where you can type your response and apply. Good luck!

Emalee B  on 8/3/2016 9:16:04 PM

I had a driving instructor when I was just beginning to drive that told me she became a driving instructor because she had been affected by drunk driving. Her father was killed because of a drunk driver that decided to drive even though he couldn't see straight. I have known so many people affected by this epidemic, whether it happened to them or to someone they knew. I think the very worst part of Drunk Driving is that most of the people who are driving drunk survive while the other people afflicted by their bad choices don't. This horrible occurrence can only be solved if we keep raising awareness to young people that it can happen to them and by making adults responsible for their mistakes.

ta-miyrah s  on 8/1/2016 12:09:53 PM

applied because i want my voice to be heard about the seriousness of this cause.

Rick F  on 7/31/2016 6:27:05 PM

Texting and driving is an epedimic. As a former truck driver I go all over the country spending 21 days on the road at a time. I have seen people in accidents right in front of me either hurt or killed due to this epedimic. It takes a truck 3 1/2 football fields to stop when traveling with 80,000 lbs at 70 mph. If a car isnt paying attention and stops or swerves in front of us, we cant stop. Chances of survival are 6.8% I dont know about you, but I dont like those odds. I have spent 14 years of my life on the road and I can be the first to say that driving is getting far to dangerous. Cell phones only compound this problem. If you want to text, pull over or have a passanger do it for you. Take it from me. Arive alive...Dont text and Drive.

Joshua C  on 7/20/2016 4:52:03 PM

Texting while driving has claimed the lives of numerous people over the years. There isn't an age limit or particular age group of people that usually partakes in it because people of all ages have passed because of the carelessness of other drivers. Texting while driving is dangerous for you & everyone else on the road so the safest thing to do is just keep your eyes on the road !

Salvador H  on 7/18/2016 5:13:21 PM

Where do we write and send the essays ?

Krystle B  on 7/6/2016 9:08:02 AM

guys you do know you have to click the link and apply, that these comments below wont qualify you for anything.

Montavier S  on 7/3/2016 4:24:18 PM

Texting and driving is one of the most common mistakes that lead to death. A lot of teens die because they cant wait to send a text. You put your life and also someone else's life in danger when you text and drive.

Gurikh D  on 6/29/2016 11:17:27 PM

All it takes is a split second and somebodies life or even worse your life could be over. You might say, "Oh that'll never happen to me." Or "I've been texting and driving for so long, that I'm an expert!" But the truth is that even though you might be an expert at texting and driving somebody else might not be. Texting and driving has claimed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people each year. If you can't wait to reply or have to send a message pull over at a rest station or a parking lot and finish your discussion with whoever it is and then shut your phone off and store it away where you will not be able to be distracted by it. Is your life really worth one text message? Is someone else's life worth it too? It only takes one second to end a life but it will cost years for a family to heal from it. Stop texting and driving before it claims another life.

josephine c  on 6/23/2016 7:39:34 PM

Hey where you at One second that you take those beautiful eyes from the road to take some lives away. The sound that calleds your attentions, it attracts you that you think taking your eyes off the road for a second to respond back to that text that you get would might never let you go back home. Can we make a better society by stoping to text while driving? Well guess what we can if we put the effort to stop texting while driving. Driving while texting is very dangerous, we lose focus on the road that we cause accident when we can resist the temptation of replying back. Everyday every human being becomes more addicted to technology. We are addicted to that phone that we can't even take a second to leave the phone away. Do you really want to cause pain to your family? Do you really want to die early? Think of the other person the innocent in the other car are you really determine to take his life away? Think about your answer which I hope it must be NOOOOOO. Don't cause more deaths we want a better world, a desirable future not a world of tragedy. My advice to you is TURN OFF YOUR PHONE, KEEP IT AT A DISTANCE FROM YOU, Turn on your radio, listen to your favorite songs. Lets make a better world were less tragedy happens and we saved more lives.

Jacie T  on 6/15/2016 8:29:14 PM

Every victim that lives claims that they never thought it would be them. Every family member or friend says that their loved one who is now gone forever never deserved this fate. All it takes is a glance, just a few typed letters, and multiple people are put in danger. Imagine looking up from your phone and seeing a car rushing towards you, a body hitting your windshield, or even seeing your friend or family member motionless in the sear next to you. This happens to 3,000 plus people every year, and it could easily happen to you. The person on the other end of your phone can wait, as long as it means you're alive to finish the conversation.

Quang T  on 6/11/2016 1:21:15 PM

Light of mind, heart soaring On the road, freedom abound Wheels on the road spinning. In the suburb or cruising downtown Driving up to McDonalds Ordering some burgers and fries And maybe some Sonic With drinks that are supersize Heading towards campus Back to class I go Dat 3.7 GPA up there Easy mid-ter- -=CRASH=- Every year, over 3000 thousands of driver lose their lives to texting related accidents and 400,000 injured. Regardless if it is the victim or the perpetrator, we are all affected. Use some other means of entertainment: turn on the radio, sing on your favorite music on Sound Cloud, but please keep your eyes on the road instead of the phone. We do not need to lose anymore gifted talents.

Chenae H  on 6/9/2016 5:28:05 PM

It start as once glance, one notification , one text. Before you know it a full conversation. You probably wonder what you doing tonight, what happen at school today. Than without warning you didn't think it could happen you crash. This all it take to lose you life. Even if intentions are good don't text and drive. Be cautious , think about other and remember you only get one life. Choose wisely and choose smart be advocate on the rode put your safety and safety of others first.

Cameron C  on 6/9/2016 12:15:46 AM

Your live is important and so our the lives of innocent people! That text, message, pic can wait! Imagine your family going through the pain of losing you over something so unimportant! Be responsible for your safety and the safety of others while driving. Be smart, and wait! Wait to send that not so important message when you arrive to your destination. Don't be tempted put your phone out of reach, turn it off! Anything to prevent tragedy! Also be heard remind others you are with to not text and drive! Tell them it can wait! It can take 2 seconds for a life to be changed forever! My life is important and pass the word around to save another! So many teens are dying daily over something that can be stopped!??Cameron

Ronda R  on 6/8/2016 5:16:58 PM

Is taking your eyes off the road worth the life of an innocence person? Is it the lives of the people riding in the car with you? better yet is it even worth your own life? The answer to all of these question is NO! it is not. Texting and driving have claimed to many lives already and it is time that we put an auto message on our phones that says "Thanks for texting me, however I am driving right and when I get to a safe place then I will text you back." Thanks this reply did not cost a life.

Matthew C  on 6/7/2016 10:14:40 PM

What will that half typed word be that haunts your loved ones for the rest of their lives? Are those few letters really worth it? The next time you find yourself at a stop light, look at the faces of the cars driving by. Look at the young boys and girls on their way to school, parents on their way to work, and families sharing a laugh. Think about how a few pointless letters could take not only you but them as well away from this world. Texting and driving can not only effect you, it can effect innocent people. We have great power when driving a vehicle, but with that power comes a greater responsibility that we all must take seriously. Put down your phone. Keep the love alive.

Jaymi Pearl H  on 6/7/2016 9:07:04 PM

It seems that the more we advance to new technology, the more we rely on them and the more we can't take our eyes off of it. We've grown to disregard safety for our own entertainment--but for what consequences? Imagine yourself with your hands on the steering wheel, your best friend on the passenger's seat breathing in the summer breeze. It's a good day. You hear a message notification from your phone and, without batting an eye, you grab it to see who it was. Too focused on replying back, you don't hear your best friend screaming your name until you hear the honk of a truck and that's the last thing you hear. The last thing you see is your best friend's mortified expression then everything goes black. If only, you weren't texting and driving.

kevin i  on 6/6/2016 11:42:21 AM

The commercials shown about texting and driving are in fact true. Some have the mindset of "it wouldn't happen to me" or some are unaware of the risks. When someone is behind the wheel the have a responsibility that may be bigger than they think. Life is already short, awareness is important. Would that text message be worth the life of a mother, father or maybe even a newborn? No message is worth a life, arrive to your destination safely by simply putting the phone down.

Alex C  on 6/6/2016 9:30:32 AM

It only takes a few seconds to glance down at your phone and send a text. During this time, you could kill innocent people around you, or even yourself. Was the text really that important that you had to put your self and others in risk of death. Texting while driving is not only a very dangerous and terrible decision, but it is also against the law. It doesn't take rocket science to figure out that if you crash in a car going fifty miles per hour, that you are at a high risk of death. Your life is worth more than just a text. Don't text while driving and you can save your life and someone else's.

Rebecca d  on 6/5/2016 8:37:40 PM

Texting while driving is very dangerous. A lot of lives can be save if we just simply put our phones away,and not touch them. When you put your phones away from you , you are not only saving your life you are also saving others lives on the road. Just one glance at your phone or one text could simply cause, life injuries or death. By not touching our phones we could stop that from happening. That one text you think is really important could cost you or someone else there life. In this world full of regrets you wouldn't want to live with a burden on your heart, knowing that you could have stop it. Knowing you could have save someone life. When you pick up that phone and send that one text know that your not only hurting your life your hurting someone else life and future.

Lily C  on 6/4/2016 9:24:47 PM

A sound is heard from your cellphone device with a notification appearing that you've gotten a text from someone. Your eyes should be focused on the road but that specific sound is what draws you away. Looking back and forth while reading that message, you tell yourself "It'll be quick". Tapping your screen as you type as fast while trying to stay on your lane. A car comes by but you're still texting and within seconds you barely save yourself by reacting fast, swerving to the side after almost colliding. Taking deep breaths with your hand gripped to the wheel, you sigh deeply in relief. You know you've gotten lucky. You know you almost potentially caused a collision simply because you we're texting while driving. Learn from your mistake and don't make the same one again. You know the drill.

stephanie p  on 6/1/2016 9:13:18 AM

One single notification could change everything. One glance at a device could cost someone their life, and in a blink of an eye, everything can change. The life of an innocent individual could be at stake just because one couldn’t wait. Inconsiderate acts are costing the lives of young individuals each day. More than 3,000 lives are being lost each year because of texting and driving. Think about it this way, our next president might’ve been killed in a texting and driving accident, our next doctors were pronounced dead at the scene, and our next teachers were brutally murdered. Why? All because that text was important. Think twice, put down that device, and save a life.

Jodi R  on 5/28/2016 10:22:00 PM

The easy thing is not always the right thing; it's time for more people to know the difference between "easy" and "right." The key is to resist temptation with all of the willpower one can summon, and that is not an easy task, but it's the right thing to do. It is hard to resist texting and social media while driving in this modern, busy, lightning-fast economy where some things seem like they just can't wait. And to make matters worse, it is just as easy as it is tempting to simply pick up your phone and surf the web while behind the wheel. In addition, most of the time it's easy to forget that there are people inside those other cars around us, which makes it easier to forget about the dangers to the well-being of oneself and others. We all need to resist the temptation and be more careful.

Laila R  on 5/28/2016 12:30:59 PM

Being a young driver in a world that is surrounded by advanced technology that no matter how many deaths that occurs, some people tend to look the other way and ignore the major dangers that can severely or worse end the life of others. Still the warnings on television, social media, and having speakers speak about either their experience or anything that they might have researched on the total of how many deaths that occurs in a month and then tally up all those months and having the number of deaths almost in the hundreds of thousands. This is really devastating to think about how many people that text that are behind the wheel do this and involve other people's lives that can be easily taken away because people are impatient to not wait until they stop to answer their phone. Driving is a responsibility that does not need to be taken lightly because drivers have to very aware of their surroundings at all times and need to be in a sober state to operate their vehicle.

Derrick S  on 5/24/2016 2:38:48 PM

Now how I feel able texting while driving. I think every person should take the time to pull there call over for a few minutes to text them back or give them a call with a headset. There are so many accidents due to texting and not having there eyes on the road. There are about 1.6 million crashes each year, and nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. People these day ignore the laws that was set for us to obey. I feel a person should keep there eyes on the road at all time.

Linsey P  on 5/23/2016 8:15:26 PM

As a young driver, we are more tempted to look at our phone while driving. Driving is very dangerous, even without looking at our phones. Texting or even glancing at your phone for five seconds is increasing your risk of getting into a car accident. Is it really worth losing your life for one simple text? Or even worse, causing the loss of the life of another. I could not live with myself. Could you? We are suppose to be role models to the younger generation. However, people are so addicted to their phones, and are too concerned with whats going on in life, that they are being distracted. Don't follow in other people's foot steps. Stay focused, put up the phone, and keep your eyes on the road. You might just save a life as well as protecting yourself.

Makayla P  on 5/23/2016 5:56:24 PM

Some may think they can send a quick text message with out swerving into another lane or even running over a huge cone, but what about when you take your eyes off of the road?You are driving on the highway going over sixty miles per hour and while you were texting you failed to see the car directly in front of you in stopped. The impact of this collision is extremely fatal and the outcome does not look positive. No one can master texting and driving successfully. Do not text and drive, lives depend on it.

Carissa B  on 5/23/2016 10:08:18 AM

Texting and driving is against the law for a reason. Texting causes distractions because your only focused on your phone and not your surroundings. Texting and driving is one of the main reasons for car accidents. Usually when you hit a car a police always asks if you have been texting while you were driving. Texting and driving is also one of the main causes of deathly car accidents. When I drive i put my phone in the glove box until I get to where i needed to be. I know to many people that have gotten hurt and have died just from someone else texting and driving or themselves texting and driving. Put you phone away because as soon as it is in your hand it increases the likely hood of getting into an accident. The response of a text can wait if it means you getting to where you need to be safer.

Brian B  on 5/20/2016 3:00:45 PM

Whatever it is your texting can wait. I don't care how important it is, It can wait. Can you think of a text that's worse losing your life for? Neither can I. If it isn't your life that's gone it'll be somebody else's. Do you want the death of someone innocent on your hands because you just had to send that one last text? Be the difference of our generation. Don't text and drive.

Colton G  on 5/20/2016 10:14:50 AM

Texting while driving is a very dangerous thing to do, and it is against the law. When driving people need to be focused, and even the most minute of distractions can lead to many deaths. Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road, your focus on your phone, and your hands off the wheel. Texting while driving doesn't only put you at risk it puts everyone around you at risk as well.

Amanda C  on 5/20/2016 9:19:40 AM

Driving is something people experience as an everyday feat of life. Some may say it takes the same talent as it would to brush one's teeth, but this is not the case. Driving is a very serious concern that is not taken seriously by teens all over the world. Every day people get into accidents due to texting and driving; these are completely avoidable accidents that happened because someone wasn't paying attention when they needed to be. Parents are supposed to be role models, aren't they? Then why do we see so many adults making the same bad decision that they are warning their children about? Don't fall victim to the fad of texting and driving. Buckle up and put you phone in your glove compartment. It could just save a life.

Robert C  on 5/19/2016 9:52:01 PM

Writing is an example of higher learning. Yet each year more people attempt this while driving a two ton or plus vehicle along side other vehicles. Not really a exercise in higher thinking I would say. Some people see this as multitasking. studies for industries and the military has shown that our productivity as well as our awareness of our surroundings suffer greatly. So why do we think that just a few seconds of looking down isn't going to cause any harm. We wouldn't wear a blindfold for a few seconds and try to drive.

January C  on 5/19/2016 2:59:37 PM

Texting while driving is far more dangerous than what people put it out to be, The small things us teenagers do for example; change the song on your phone while trying to plug in your aux cord,not only is it texting that makes these accidents happen its us rolling all the windows down and looking for our sunglasses, facetiming our friends and applying makeup, changing our whole outfit because we changed our minds at a stopsign or stop light. We do all these things because we think we are invincible we think since its us and we are pros at this kind of stuff were okay or were praying for god to watch us so nothing happens we think its never gonna happen, we never think we might be the next kids on the radio or on the news while they speak of the tragic accident and how the family cant cope over it, we think we will we okay. Yes there is plenty of ways to prevent wrecks like, the big signs on the road that are flashing " More than 25,000 people a year die from texting and driving DO YOU WANT TO BE ONE OF THEM?" and the small ads you see on youtube while your video is buffering and maybe you stop while your stuck in the school zone and when there's a police car down the road, but there isn't any permanent way of stopping texting and driving and that's what we need to do.

Brandon H  on 5/19/2016 11:59:20 AM

We, young drivers, have been inundated with the don't text and drive message. "Stay Alive - Don't Text and Drive." "Arrive Alive - Don't Text and Drive." "Stop Texts - Stop Wrecks." There seems to be a new PSA every couple months. I know it is a safety issue and it has caused wrecks, injuries, and deaths. I know that some people have trouble driving and texting, but I am a good driver and I can text faster than most people. While texting I have never run off the road or hit anything. Then my understanding of the issue changed when I lost someone close to me that thought the same way I do about texting and driving. I am ashamed that it took such a terrible accident for me to realize the obvious dangers with texting and driving. I wish I could share this realization.

Latiyah K  on 5/18/2016 1:14:39 PM

Have you ever thought aHave you ever seen someone text while drive or at least think about texting someone while you’re on the road? Oh it’ll only be a second you say and in that one second everything changes. We’ve seen plenty of commercial’s about texting and driving but do we really listen to It.? 11% of drivers going from the age of 18 to 20 were involved in an automobile accident and survived admitting that they were victims of using their phone while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that driver distraction was the cause of the many automobile accidents that happened throughout the year and killed at least about 3,328 people. After all these commercials are useless and they don’t work but think about this, how would you feel if your sibling was in the car with you? Think hard.bvout

John L  on 5/18/2016 11:38:49 AM

Driving is a priveledge in the united states. Young adults are getting their drivers license at the age of 18 every year. Now these young adults who are sometimes foolish or careless, use their phones all day especially while driving. Why? Honestly due to the fact we are addicted to just viewing any device with it either being social media, conversation, or even email. This habbit is terrible and needs to be changed immediately! Even though the law has prohibited the use of cellular devices while driving, it has yet to stop many young and old drivers. The only way to fix this issue is by bringing more awareness to the issue maybe making a websites, tv shows, movies, and organizations on stopping this issue. Hopefully it changes soon because it is so sad to hear a lost life of a young adult or many adults due to one single text. Please stop! Say dont! To texting And driving.

Sabrina F  on 5/18/2016 10:11:43 AM

Being a witness to an accident caused by texting and driving changed my life completely. I lost two loved ones because the man who hit them was not aware of what could happen if he was texting while driving. Everyone has engaged to the terrible habit of texting and driving because they think that it couldn't happen to them, or it will only take a second to finish the text. One second of not watching your surroundings is all it could take to determine life or death for you or other people, like moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmas. You could be the reason someone else takes their last breathe because you couldn't wait to send a text. Wait before texting while driving. Think about what you're risking.

Wendy M  on 5/16/2016 10:56:36 AM

Texting while driving has been the cause of many teen deaths in the U.S. But the most terrifying thing is that most teenagers understand the outcome of texting while driving and yet some still do it. Teens think they can multitask or shove the possibility in their mind that they won’t be the next kid on T.V who died because of texting and driving. As a consequence to that mind set those parents have lost their children due to this action most teens consider very valuable to their social life. Being a teen myself I know the urge of wanting to pick up the phone when I hear the ‘ding’ from the device but knowing well what my outcome could be I subdue that urge that could potentially end my life and I want other teens to realize that too.

Jessica C  on 5/15/2016 4:33:26 PM

Texting while driving is however not only a dangerous thing but a terrible habit to follow on an everyday basis. Texting while driving isn't worth the risk of losing your own life or another person's. Texting while driving isn't something to do for a few seconds on the road because only those few seconds changes everything. Others may think that texting while driving that they believe it won't happen to them. That an accident won't occur because they are careful and are looking at the road. Well, those few seconds is all it takes. You never know when your time is up. Follow the messages and listen to them because it can change your life and prevent from a dangerous accident occurring. It can wait. It truly can.

Elmo A  on 5/11/2016 10:11:03 AM

My school recently had Project Impact, a VCU raised campaign to stop drunk and distracted driving, do a demonstration for all the seniors. It was so powerful! They had modeled a car crash scene with some of our friends decked out in movie make up to make it look like they had been in a really bad car accident. After seeing that, I knew what kind of horrors can result from a simple text message.

Jeanna C  on 5/5/2016 3:21:43 PM

I won't make that mistake; It can wait... No text is worth my life or the life of another.

Anthony G  on 4/29/2016 8:51:17 AM

Life is very precious and can be taken away at anytime. I take texting and driving very serous. I don't want to put myself and others at risk. Whatever it is that needs to be said can wait until I stop my car and I am off the road. It is so easy to drift off the road when you are texting things can happen in a split second.

Madison F  on 4/27/2016 8:57:51 AM

This scholarship is for a good cause.

Megan G  on 4/19/2016 3:11:22 AM

Does everyone realize this is NOT where you submit your statement?

Briana R  on 4/18/2016 6:03:54 PM

Texting and driving is a big deal! While texting you can't see who's Infront you while your driving. A lot of teens text and drive, but to be honest all that can wait after your done driving! Your just going to give your life away or even someone else's because of a text message? A lot of people have died from texting and driving, teens are a big part of this. Out of all Americans, teenagers do the most texting and driving. They don't think about what can happen, all they think about is " Ohh, Let me text this person back." It doesn't matter if it's your mother, grandmother, father,brother, and so on, don't text and drive!

christina h  on 4/18/2016 4:34:54 PM

texting and driving? in my personal opinion its stupid to do. No one realizes what it can do to someone when it really happens. Teens who text and drive might think its fun but let me explain this clearly to you. Driving can be a fun experience if its your first time, but the moment you pick up that phone because your best friend texted you or called you. That moment you take your eyes off the road in front of you, the driver ahead slams on their brakes and of course you not paying attention you rear end them and now what? Mom and dad have a major expense on their hands and well you, your left to feeling guilty because you could've killed the family in front of you. I know someone who was driving her sister and her sisters friends to a movie and the driver took her eyes off the road for a second and bam, it happened, an accident that could've been avoided. The driver and her sister were really injured. The driver got her head and braces stuck to the steering wheel and it took the jaws of life to cut her from it. Those girls were very lucky to not have gotten hurt. They are lucky to be alive today. So let this story be a warning to you, don't text and drive because you may not be so lucky. Don't be stupid, pull over and then answer your text or call.

Sarah S  on 4/18/2016 2:56:11 PM

I applied for the scholarship because texting and driving is something i take very seriously. the statistics do not lie, it is extremely dangerous.

Sarah S  on 4/18/2016 2:55:54 PM

I applied for the scholarship because texting and driving is something i take very seriously. the statistics do not lie, it is extremely dangerous.

Taylor P  on 4/18/2016 12:44:46 PM

We are given this life to live and live abundantly. We have only this "moment in time" and texting while driving is almost a sure way to take all that from you. Consider the loved ones left behind should you die and those lives you may cause harm to and their families. Is it worth it? "Think - as death may come in a blink"!

dominic m  on 4/17/2016 11:06:01 PM

I myself was in a accident texting while driving and it taut me a valuable lesson on not only why not to text and drive but ways to prevent the situation from occurring in the first place. Yeah you can say " put all driving lessons " but how will some of these children or anyone at that to even pay for the class in the first place? I believe the problem is bigger than it is publicized. Beginning to find ways to have driving classes incorporated into school curriculum is just one of many ideas that can start the new way on how everyone in general can have some idea on operating a car and the safety precautions that come with it.

Shelby N  on 4/16/2016 4:34:52 PM

Can it be a creative/fictional story that creates an impact?

Kimberly R  on 4/15/2016 9:48:38 PM

Not texting and driving was never a serious issue for me, never thought it could happen to or impact me in any way. Until joining the military I realized how many individuals were getting impacted here in there own home. Military members whom have fought many fights in the most dangerous countries come back safely to loose it all by a text message. Any distraction while driving is never worth hanging your uniform up. This of course applies to any life, all life matters.

Evelyn A  on 4/14/2016 8:42:33 AM

Don't text and drive,because its been proven that many drivers have been in a reck, or even took a citizen,s life. Also need to pay attention on road, you hit somebody puttting their lifes in risk. Its not a safe thing to do pay attention!

David S  on 4/12/2016 8:15:38 AM

I never really understood the whole not texting and driving thing as a kid but when I was in 7th grade I seen the effect of it first hand. My childhood best friend had just moved away to live with his dad in Michigan I was upset but I knew that I would get to see him that next summer when he came back to visit his mom. What I didn't expect was that two weeks after her moved away his mom would die in a car accident. she was texting and driving late at night after she finished her shift at work as a waitress. I was in shock she was like another mother to me and I was even more hurt to see that my best friend had to go through this at the age of 12. His mom still holds a place in my heart 6 years later and I see my friend once a year when he comes down from Michigan so we can remember his mom and thank God for the life she had.

Victoria H  on 4/10/2016 10:11:36 PM

I recently lost two friends to an accident cause from the driver texting and driving. It is not a fun experience. Losing someone is always hard. It is much harder when it could have been completely prevented. They were only teenagers, nowhere near the start of their life. The devastation of their loss made many grieve. So much pain could have been avoided. Driving is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Have courtesy for the many that could be damaged from your text message that just can not wait.

Richard M  on 4/10/2016 6:35:23 PM

I applied, because to help people know that we can save a lot of lives

Tonia F  on 4/10/2016 5:06:08 PM

Your job on this Earth is to do good and impact the world in positive ways. You have millions of opportunities to do so. Don't risk wasting them by looking down at a simple "k". Ending someone else's life ends your life too- your chance to do good ends. Ending your own does the exact same thing. The answer is easy. Don't text and drive.

Brenda V  on 4/9/2016 3:41:23 PM

DON'T DO IT!!!!

Aimal H  on 4/6/2016 10:26:14 PM

Life is something precious and it can ONLY be lived once. Wasting 5 seconds in "texting while driving" is risk loosing an entire future.

Daniel J  on 4/6/2016 9:48:18 PM

Life is all about the sparks moments, good or bad. All it takes too change or end a life is one millisecond in ones existence. Texting can change your ability to respond to these bad moments, which could result in lose of life. Don't text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road.

Sylvia E  on 4/6/2016 4:46:27 PM

When you get into your vehicle, you are responsible for everyone in the vehicle and everyone around you. Having your license is a privilege. When you open your phone while you are trying to pay attention to the road, it's like telling everyone around you that there lives are less important then the text message you felt the need to read.

Iffah K  on 4/6/2016 3:38:20 PM

Texting and driving is wrong! You are putting danger in those who's lifes do not belong to end! Teens are morons and do not understand, but at one point they have to! One of my friend had died to texting and driving and her funeral was the sadest thing i've ever seen. Please, teenagers, if you are reading this remember....DON'T TEXT OR DRIVE!!

Juan R  on 4/3/2016 6:53:39 PM

It takes lest than a second for a life to change, like finally getting your dream job, finding some one you want to spend the rest of your life with or even a new life coming in to the world and ending a life because you decided to look at a text. Text. Drive. End a life.

Lauren D  on 4/2/2016 11:49:01 AM

Growing up, we were always taught not to be in a vehicle if you or the operator were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving while intoxicated was always at the forefront, but with technology prevalent now more than ever, there's a new front runner. Texting and driving fatalities have now surpassed drunk driving. 1.6 million accidents occur every year due to texting and driving which is every 1 out of 4 accidents. Whatever it is, it can wait.

Kathrine J  on 4/1/2016 10:39:34 AM

"Buzz, buzz," You look away from the road for a second and see a message from your father. He asked to take you to dinner. In the moments you read his text and responded, "yes, let's get Chinese food," the person in front of you abruptly slowed down and "CRASH." You slammed into the back of their car going 40 miles per hour. There is blood everywhere. You have a massive headache. Meanwhile, your phone flew out of your hands and it is nowhere to be found. You find yourself stuck and cannot get out of the vehicle. The person you hit struggles to get out of his car. He calls 911. Was it really worth those three seconds?

michael c  on 3/31/2016 10:52:19 PM

An accident can happen in a glimpsed of an eye. So whats stopping one from happening when sending a text. Nothing, nothing is stopping this from happening. That is why texting while driving is bad. Texting and driving is a dangerous thing to do. If an accident where to happen it will cause guilt, all because that simple "hey" text couldn't wait. Next time you grab your phone realize you are putting others people life's at risk. texting and driving can wait, its just another stupid decision that one can prevent. Say you're reading a text and are about to reply, but a car quickly cuts you off. which causes you to quickly press your breaks to slow down. now you just caused several cars to quickly press their breaks. how could this been prevented if none of the divers where on their phone and paying attention to the road. this just shows how everything escalates quickly from just one little action like texting and driving.

KENNETH A  on 3/30/2016 6:02:24 PM

A single text is not always the difference between life and death. Some instance such as texting and driving are. Stay safe,stay alive, DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE. The message can wait.

Olivia D  on 3/29/2016 1:42:00 PM

Three seconds. Three seconds is all it takes. That phone call your mother will never get to let her know you got back to school safely, those dates you'll never to get to take your girlfriend out on, your dog who will never get to welcome you home after a long day at work. All because you had to respond to that text, that email. At 65 miles an hour. Three seconds. Now you're in a ditch on the side of the freeway, bright lights and sirens screaming around you. You're bleeding out under the Beech trees on the verge of passing out from the pain. All you wanted was to tell your friend you were on your way to the bar! Never intended to take your eyes off the road for a single second, but you did. Three seconds.

Kelly D  on 3/25/2016 3:19:39 PM

There's never a good story that comes out of "Texting While Driving" when on a newspaper or news report. Especially when I found out my cousin was in a car accident due to the person driving her texting their boyfriend about being on their way home. The girl driving turned off the road and into a tree. My cousin was sent flying through the windshield and the driver was only hurt by the seat belt holding her back. I found out this happened from an online news article that my uncle linked to my mother. My cousin had to get her jaw wired shut in order to fix it, had to get stitches on both sides of her head, and take time to let her lungs heal from getting punctured by her ribs. We’re lucky we still have her.

Mebin J  on 3/22/2016 1:02:38 PM

Texting and driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are equally as dangerous. Texting while driving will take your focus off the road, and in the split second your focus leaves the road, a fatality can occur. I have personally been affected by the consequences of texting and driving. About 7 years ago, my father was involved in a serious texting and driving accident. A woman who was texting and driving, failed to stop at a stop sign on a busy road, and hit my dad. My dad was immediately transported to the hospital. My father is still currently recovering from this accident with mandatory chiropractic appointments to keep his spine muscles in tact. Because of texting and driving, I almost lost my father. After this accident, I knew that when I got behind the wheel, I would never text and drive. A text message can wait, your life, or the life of another can't.

William M  on 3/20/2016 1:33:42 PM

The majority of people who text and drive think that they are good at it and believe that they can always texts and drive and never get in the wreck. Though these type of people are the ones who end up in vehicle accidents, and, unfortunately, lives get destroyed by someone who could not wait to pull over somewhere, call the person who needs their attention, or just simply waits until they have reached their destination to text back. This is easier said than done for most people. It is sad though that something that is so simple, but when paired with driving it can turn into a nightmare in a split second.

Robert M  on 3/18/2016 8:52:26 PM

Texting and driving is like playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun. There are so many news reports around about this terrible event. Anyone that text and drives should be faced with new charges. If I made the laws, I would send first offenders to a court ordered class for a week. Second offenders would loose their driving privileges for 30 days. The third offense 1 year license suspended and house arrest. After the third offense driving privileges revoked, 5 years in prison. There is no excuse to put anyone in danger over a text. Stronger laws, make an example out of the offenders, message would be clear.

Jacob B  on 3/18/2016 1:07:44 PM

Texting and driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are equally as dangerous. Texting while driving will take your focus off the road, and in the split second your focus leaves the road, a fatality can occur. I have personally been affected by the consequences of texting and driving. About 7 years ago, my father was involved in a serious texting and driving accident. A woman who was texting and driving, failed to stop at a stop sign on a busy road, and hit my dad. My dad was immediately transported to the hospital. My father is still currently recovering from this accident with mandatory chiropractic appointments to keep his spine muscles in tact. Because of texting and driving, I almost lost my father. After this accident, I knew that when I got behind the wheel, I would never text and drive. A text message can wait, your life, or the life of another can't.

Ariel S  on 3/17/2016 11:07:58 PM

Personally, texting and driving is, now, a no-brainer. As hard as it is to not respond to those loud calls from your beloved ones or replying to that text that is life changing, sometimes can save your life, the life of the other driving, and even help you keep yourself connected to those who love you. Personally, I have gotten in a car crash that changed my life since the moment I heard that deep hard sound of metal thumping. Now, thanks to that, I had to give all my money saved for college in order to pay for that, suffer physical consequences, and almost lose my life. In the end, it's not about not being able to text while driving, it's about doing it responsibly and if that means pulling over because it is "so urgent" then you HAVE to pull over. It is truly life-changing- and something to be considered everyday when you turn on that engine.

Lucas C  on 3/15/2016 8:25:42 PM

I have always been told that texting while driving is not something to take lightly. Taking your eyes off the road is no joke and a couple of seconds of using your phone can not only be the end to your life, but the end to many others as well. You are never the only one on the road which is why it is important to think about the other people around you that have families to take care of and a bright future ahead of them as well. It is important to know that you can wait until you get home and are not putting any else's life at risk when you are driving. Please do not use your phone while driving as you do not want to live with the fact that you killed someone for simply sending a simple text.

Cloe M  on 3/15/2016 12:27:15 PM

The dangers, as well as the emotional and physical trauma, that texting and driving could cause is something we need to stress more than ever. I've been affected by texting and driving that many others have, too. I had a friend named Tiffany, who was killed in a car accident caused by texting and driving. She was not the one driving; her boyfriend was. We need to realize that our actions affect others. Not only does he have to live with the emotional damage from that, but we, her friends, do too. Put down the phone while you're driving. It can certainly wait.

Kelsey P  on 3/12/2016 5:09:57 PM

Texting and driving is not something to be taken lightly. Most people are guilty of it and are confident nothing bad will happen. A student in the junior class at my school was killed late last year due to irresponsible actions. This did not include texting, in fact, he was not the one driving. He was a friend to most and every loved him. Since the accident I've noticed students at my school wearing his bracelet and being more careful in cars. This includes putting their phones down while driving. It is sad to say that is took a death to make people realize how dangerous it can be behind a car, but I know for me I have become more aware of my surroundings. A simple text is not worth risking your life or risking putting others in unbearable pain because you or someone else is gone. It takes a single moment to end it and a single text is never worth it.

Hannah H  on 3/7/2016 10:36:09 AM

In the United States, 4,300 people under the age of 21 die every year from a alcohol related car crash. I cannot stress enough the importance of not texting and driving. Not only does it put yourself at risk, but it puts others in the car, as well as other drivers at risk too. Witnessing first hand the effects of losing someone to texting and driving, I can only say this. It's not worth it. Wait those x number of minutes to respond to a friend. Wait until you get home to ask someone to hang out. Loosing your life because of something as simple as a text message is just not worth the risk. Remember your loved ones, and how they will be affected if they lose you. Don't text and drive, don't let your friends and family text and drive. Put your phone in your bag while driving. Remove the temptation. Your safety is more important.

Alexandra B  on 3/6/2016 5:15:23 PM

As the youngest sibling of four, both my parents have always told us how driving safely and staying focused is something that you should always keep in the back of your head. Texting and driving is especially one phrase that will always stay embedded in my head. Hearing of students dying because they were texting while driving truly shows that something so simple can be so dangerous. Driving is not only a privilege, but it also should be taken in a serious matter. Many people drive safely, but others do not drive with caution. In our generation, social media is something that everybody has, especially teenagers. There are various ads and campaigns to show the real effects of texting while driving, and I feel as though people need to take this matter more seriously. Texting someone a 3 worded text can wait until you are at your destination. No life is worth a couple of words. Life is a precious thing that some people take for granted, but we truly need to be cautious about each action we take, especially while we drive. At the end of the day, your safety is what matters, not a text.

Ritzamaelyn A  on 3/5/2016 3:03:05 PM

Getting in a accident can be the most terrifying thing that can happen to a person especially if you got in the accident by texting while driving.Many people especially teenagers text while driving knowing that they shouldn't text while driving .I think people shouldn't teat while driving because you can get severally hurt or die and it is a distraction.texting while driving can't only effect you but it can effecf the people around you and the people who care about you the most.texting while driving is a risk not worth taking ,it doesn't make it your a professional driver or a decent driver .you should not text while driving because you are important to someone and you probably done it one and nothing happened but you never know what can happen in a few seconds,it only takes one word and you can get injured or dead in just one second.

Madison M  on 3/4/2016 11:03:33 AM

When I got my lisence, everyone warned me of different things; "wear your seat belt", "remember your turn signals", and of course the obvious, "not to text and drive". I never took these warnings seriously, as anyone who I had ever driven with didn't take their own advice. My mother, is known to forget her turn signals, forget to put her seatbelt on; even texting and driving. It took me getting into a car accident to realize that driving is something to be taken seriously. Thankfully everyone in the car was wearing their seat belts, and was okay besides a few bumps and bruises, but the accident would not have occurred in the first place had the driver not been messing around. Driving is something to take seriously, you put not only your life but other people's lives at sake the minute the key is in the ignition. Texting is something that takes both your hands and brain- so does driving. Doing both at the same time is a very serious risk for not only yourself but others around you.

Nalani D  on 3/3/2016 4:17:05 PM

Being in a car accident is terrifying for anyone who has ever been involved. Texting and Driving is the number one cause of why people crash. Looking down just for a "second" can change someone's life or even yours. There's many things you could be charged with if you did get into a car accident and you are found guilty of texting and driving. Sometimes people stop short because they weren't paying attention as well , now if you're texting you could possibly create an accident. No text message is worth dying for or killing someone over. If you think it's that important, pull over where it's safe too and help the risk of accidents.

Alexis B  on 3/3/2016 9:05:47 AM

When you text and drive, you not only put yourself and anyone in your vehicle at risk, but you are also putting everyone else on the roads at risk. We drive roughly 16,550 miles per year. That's an incredible amount of time to be in danger. Along with people who are just bad drivers, the constant unknown of the weather, roads and so many other factors, there is no reason for people to bring on more risk than they are already put in by just turning that key. We see people talking on their phone, or just talking to a passenger with their eyes still on the road and swerving; having your eyes off the road even for just a second is immensely dangerous. In reality anyone worth texting back wants to see you alive.So please stay alive.

diana O  on 2/27/2016 7:16:37 PM

I am applying for this scholarship. . Because I really need all the help I can get I work 2 jobs have 4 kids to provide for and I really need this

Ersaline W  on 2/27/2016 3:41:43 PM

Texting and driving cause more than accidents; it cost lives, money, and labor. That text can wait. Responsible drivers do not text and drive.

Alexis R  on 2/26/2016 5:08:45 AM

I am applying for this scholarship, so it can help me cover my dorm rent when I move to Guam after I study two years in Saipan. In my place, we consider texting and driving as a serious threat to both the driver and pedestrians.

Savion W  on 2/22/2016 7:06:21 PM

I am a 17 year student starting early on scholarships findings. I participate in the Harding university high school SAVE club. Our main focus is on don't text and drive because we have recently lost a ram due to texting and drinking and driving. We have all came together to not only morn but to rejoice that she is in a better place. You should not drink text and drive only because you are putting your own life at risk, but not only yours bet anybody who is on the road with you.

Malcon A  on 2/16/2016 8:12:16 PM

Whenever you pick up the phone, it seems like the whole world shuts down and your main focus is the phone.. We get so lost by letters that we do not realize what could happen at any second. One day you could leave your house without saying a proper goodbye. A phone is capable is able to take your life away in an instant. Do not throw your life away just because of a simple text. Don't make your family remember the moment you demolished yourself because you had to answer someone back. Think of the circumstances that can happen, and enjoy your life because you only have one chance. Do not text and drive, it will take your life away and take flight.

Andrea C  on 2/11/2016 10:44:03 AM

When you get the urge to pick up that cell phone and send a quick text I want you to imagine this. You’re trying to send a quick text to you closest friend and you just take your eyes off the road for a few seconds and you just crash. You die instantly. They pull your lifeless body out of the car and grab your wallet and check your name. While your parents are at home their phone rings. Your mom goes to answer it and just screams. She had just heard the news she needed to come down and identify your lifeless body, because that text couldn’t wait. She falls to floor and drops the phone your dad comes running downstairs and says “why couldn’t she wait?” I vow to never text and drive, because it can always wait.

Dolores D  on 2/9/2016 3:05:51 PM

Yes I applied for this scholarship because I support the cause to prevent texting and driving. There are many people's lives at risk for a message that can wait.

Natalie K  on 2/4/2016 7:58:52 PM

Very simple and fast application. Make your short message something that stands out.

Matthew O  on 1/25/2016 12:12:07 PM

hahaha, It's funny to see all the people who wrote there response in the comment boxes. Click the link people!

Isis B  on 1/20/2016 9:36:30 PM

It is not worth it to text and drive... Your life means more than a text

Faith O  on 1/20/2016 8:35:59 AM

My name is Faith i do believe that anything on your phone can wait while your driving. I would never have my phone while driving. Thats just not being responsible!!!

Kimberly F  on 1/11/2016 8:50:10 PM

You weren't born with a phone, therefor you can live without it.

Makaela B  on 1/11/2016 1:31:31 PM

I applied - no word yet on the result. ~ Makaela

Dekosha C  on 1/11/2016 9:44:51 AM

Dont text while driving because you will face the consequences

shawna d  on 1/10/2016 4:32:05 PM

i am a single mother age 19 unmarried wanting to attend school to better my future unable to afford school please help

Gisselle H  on 1/8/2016 8:29:23 PM

One text while you driving can kill you or get injuries and can be a distractions and phones can be useful for somethings but it is very dangerous to text while you driving.

chad w  on 1/2/2016 11:40:22 PM

Don't give yourself any reason to open the door to meet Jesus. Stop texting while driving it affects others life with you selfish stupidity.

Madison B  on 1/2/2016 6:13:53 PM

Texting and driving creates unwanted and unneeded for drivers everywhere. After an accident, victims are now hurt, possibly even dead. These people that are driving safely trying to get to there destination don't deserve to have their lives placed in danger unknowingly or knowingly. The aftermath of crashes basically boils down to impatience and recklessness of people all over the road. This impatience has a domino effect on the victim , the perpetrator, and everyone whom the victim every encountered. This can all be avoided by relinquishing the hold that technology has over most people.

Katherine F  on 1/2/2016 11:11:03 AM

Phones have become a very big deal in the United States, every teenager, adult, or elderly person has a phone. I know that I have a problem that when I see my phone light up I feel the need to answer it. That also is applied when people are driving, According to dosomething.org, According to AT&T's Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway. Why is it that we know what we are doing is dangerous but we still do it? I know I constantly have to tell me my not to use her phone while driving, or even I have the problem of changing the song I am listening to or looking at a text. But doing these tasks while driving is can cost you your life, and it’s not just teens who participate in texting while driving, it’s adults as well.

tracey m  on 12/20/2015 10:18:04 PM

As a student and mother of two driving children. The importance of safety at the wheel is a priority. Distractions while driving cause numerous fatalities. I understand that in the world we live today, it can be important to talk on the phone or look at your gps. However, the moment you glance down at your phone could be your last moment. I encourage innovators of technology to create new software and application which can facilitate the driver without compromising safety. Although this is being done, more can be done to eliminate risk while allowing driver to readily get information.

JEREMIAH A  on 12/20/2015 2:36:04 PM

There are an abundance of crashes, every waking moment, only because there are many people, that arte not concerned for the safety of others, This must be stopped, there are two things you can do as an individual. For one, hang up and drive, two pull on the side of the road, if it is so important to communicate. It is just not worth dealing with the drama, of inconsiderate individuals. We must all learn to celebrate life.

Keiara B  on 12/11/2015 1:00:56 PM

Texting and driving causes a big distraction to drivers , these distractions can lead to fatal accidents. Many drivers are very cautious but those who text and drive seem to not be very aware of what's going on.

Jourdan G  on 12/6/2015 4:09:05 PM

As a student enrolled in Criminal Justice and a employee of the Sheriffs Office, Texting and driving has been proven that America itself has approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving by the NHTSA in 2010. Recently Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a "safety-critical event." At one point or another we will all take a chance to observe our phones while driving. However if we took the time to visualize what damage it would cause to a family or friend, Our actions would determine our outcomes. Proactive over reaction. Jourdan Gallman

Madison J  on 12/4/2015 9:59:29 AM

Texting and driving is bad because when you look down at your phone, you have less than a second to hit someone or get hit. I should know this because I was texting and driving on my way to work and I looked down at my phone and ran up on a curb. I lost control and then I hit another curb. I totaled my car that day, Luckily there was no one else that I hit or hit me. It was a scary day. I thank God everyday. Its just one text away. DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE!!

taylor r  on 12/4/2015 12:35:10 AM

Yes, texting and driving is a very major problem!! Recently I had a friend killed in front of me, he was texting and driving. He was thrown through the front window, therefore I take texting and driving a very serious problem. Why would you want to text if you have a chance of killing yourself and or another family?

Solangel V  on 12/1/2015 9:03:23 AM

Teenagers nor adults should text and drive behind the wheels even though researchers believe that teenagers are less mature to handle a distraction and drive simultaneously they both cause great risks. At times people get to caught up in reading a text , the person next to them need to simply tell them that there's a green light and or forgetting you were in the drive through to pay for a burger. "In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 necessary people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012." We don't wan't these number to increase , at least i don't. It takes one of us to decrease this matter. If it is that to reply pull over to the side of the road , park in a lot or just simply wait until you are off the road. Remember it is just one text away.

Gerardo A  on 11/30/2015 2:09:07 PM

Yes because texting and driving is an issue in our society and drivers underestimate the sense of control on the road and attention needed to navigate efficiently and responsibly. I believe that everyone should take driving seriously because a vehicle can be considered a deadly weapon when not operated attentively.

Frederick Y  on 11/30/2015 9:17:18 AM

Texting is a quick, efficient way to communicate with family members and friends. However, there is a time and place to text and behind the wheel is not one of them. Statistics support this claim, texting makes drivers 23 times more likely to get in a 'safety-critical event'. Imagine driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Essentially that's what you're doing while going 55 MPH and texting simultaneously. In 2011, 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones, that's an astronomical 1.3 million crashes. Do what's best for yourself and others by driving text free, you'll be safer and so will others. You don't want to be a part of that 23%. Be a defensive driver and drive text free.

christopher b  on 11/25/2015 2:53:11 PM

to whom it may concern, I am currently searching for thee opportunity to obtain a scholarship.I am hoping to accomplish a scholarship in medicine or another major. my intentions for college are more then just hardworking, but self-motivated,ambitious, and perseverance.I will not only benefit myself but to others along with the college.Please give me the opportunity to attend your college. Sincerely, Christopher Burke

Chritopher M  on 11/23/2015 11:22:03 PM

While texts may be a quick way to communicate simple ideas and responses quickly and effectively, it can be an equally quick way to harm yourself and/or others. The shortest amount of attention away from the road cant equate to how detrimental it can be to your own level of safety and the safety of others on the road. Take pride in your ability to divert your attention away from the immediacy of social networking and communication, by being a defensive driver as your patience to get to your destination before texting will ultimately pay off to yourself and those you share the road with.

Jakup A  on 11/23/2015 3:58:46 PM

Many believe texting and driving isn't moderately as bad as other scenarios. They deem it as not driving while sleeping or under the influence of alcohol. What they fail to realize is, an accident occurs most of the time, by someone else on the road, not the person texting. The idea is to understand that an accident could be prevented, if your sole attention is on the road. I drove in the busy streets of New York, and I can not even count the many times an accident could have been prevented, right in front of my eyes. Don't text and drive guys. All it takes is a split second and you may save your own life or the person at fault.

Deion A  on 11/16/2015 4:35:57 PM

Texting while driving is a very over looked problem. Many people think "oh what could possibly go wrong from sending a quick reply". When the reality of the matter is it can end with a life changing result. It is nothing to disregard. In the blink of an eye someone could send a text the same time as you, swerve a little, while your also focused on your phone instead of the road, or else you could've seen it coming and avoided an accident. It's not a laughing matter, its nothing to take lightly it's much like playing with fire. If you lose focus, your going to get burned.

Shaun R  on 11/16/2015 1:06:43 PM

Texting while driving is one of the worse things that people underestimate thinking that it's easy. I lost my godfather to somebody who was texting while driving. I hold a stand against it for one little text message that takes your eyes off the road for a few minutes, may cost somebody a loved one and I never want to put people through the same pain I have felt. With such great technological advances we should use them to build us up and not break us down. Stay safe and cautious, Thank you!

Taylor W  on 11/10/2015 3:39:58 PM

Human beings are believed to be the most intelligent organisms on the planet. If this is true, why are we known for putting our lives in danger by doing something as simple as texting while operating a moving vehicle? A text, phone call or notification can wait. By texting and driving, you are not only endangering yourself, but also those around you. You could potentially harm or even kill the other passengers in your vehicle or any one that may cross paths with your now swerving car. Humans have the rare ability to visualize the potential future. Why do we not use this to our advantage and think about how are actions may endanger lives? We tend to think that we are invincible. That horrible accident that took our neighbor, will never happen to us. We are naive and wrong. We need to educate the public about the importance of putting an end to this generations technology addiction.

Stephanie O  on 11/3/2015 7:49:49 PM

Most of all road traffic deaths occur by many young adults and it is commonly based on texting while driving. 15 percent out of 15-19 year old were distracted drivers by the cause of cell phones. Many young adults lose their lives the moment they decide to look down at their phones not knowing that the moment they look back up at the road its to late for them. About 115 people die everyday in the U.S in car accidents in every 13 minutes there is one death. The driver is fully responsible for his life, the passengers lives, pedestrians and the other people on the road. Its not safe out there and we need to find ways to stop distracted drivers quick!

Goldie C  on 10/16/2015 3:03:13 PM

The topic of texting and driving has surfaced most recently in the media. Thousands of accident related to texting and driving has occurred in the following year of 2015 In the US. It almost seems like no law can stop this madness, WHY? As humans we think actually, we believe if more than anything that we are invincible individuals. We believe that something can happen to our next door neighbors but not us. So let me bring reality to the lives of those succumbed by fantasy. YOU can cause an accident by texting and driving. YOU can kill someone's lover, mother , father, sister, brother, and friend. YOU can get killed by texting and driving.

Jillian R  on 10/15/2015 8:55:21 PM

Why is it that when people know something is dangerous and can risk your life, they still make the choice to do it anyway? We have the decision to decide if what were doing is right or wrong. So why do people still choose to make the wrong decision? Because we believe that we're invincible. Something as dangerous as it sounds, wont kill us. We're wrong. We are not invincible and eventually we all die, but you can choose the way you die. Naturally, or by a mistake. The only way for people to understand that we are not invincible is to see the outcome happen first hand. The people who do see these things happen first hand, are the people who are victims of the incident. The solution? Don't do it, no text is worth your life.

Christina G  on 10/15/2015 8:47:45 PM

This generation has been known as the technology generation, from children as early as two years old to now teenagers never leaving their phone. We see this everywhere such as when you are out to eat, you see children glued to tablets or even their parents phones which is terrifying because there is no interaction which makes me as a future educator to see what the future may hold for those children and those around them. This can limit the children's growth and everyone around them because they will want to nothing with anyone.

Alexus L  on 10/14/2015 11:20:44 PM

Texting while driving is very dangerous, when I was a little kid I lost a family member, texting one person while driving can change a person from alive to dead in a blink of an eye, being able to be alive is everything but ruining that by ONE text is not worth it. Texting while driving can result to injury or even death and it not only affects that person, but it affect family, friends and other so much ! I know from experience

ashley j  on 10/12/2015 6:24:57 PM

My name is Ashley Jackson. I lost a friend who was texting while driving one night after a party. Her and her boyfriend was arguing back and forth this particular night The last text she received was the text that helped take her life. When she received the text, she looked down at her phone and when she looked back up it was too late. Speaking from a witness' point of view, texting while driving is dangerous. Texting while driving will take away a part of a family. It will cause a family to grieve forever. My friend was a mother. She left behind 2 beautiful children; 3 and 6 years old. Those children do not have a mother anymore.

Zana R  on 10/7/2015 10:42:11 PM

With technology advancing it gets easier for us to become distracted in so many new ways. Staying away from technology for even a short 15 minute drive becomes hard for many people. It is so vital for people to become aware of the dangers of texting and driving. It would be devastating for family and friends to try and understand and deal with a death of such a young individual whose life was lost too young due to a car accident caused by texting and driving. I believe people try to campaign against texting and driving, but it may not be taken as seriously as it could be. I believe that laws need to become stricter to stop texting and driving.

Darlyn L  on 10/7/2015 3:26:06 PM

I'm all for using technology to better us in terms of doing things you couldn't do before such as call people. However, there is a limit to our time use on cell phones when we're out and about. We have forgotten to use our verbal skills to communicate with others so instead we bury our faces on our phones we tend to forget we aren't the only ones distracted,, most of us have busy lives we can become careless of others. Texting and driving can be lethal because no one is watching for one another. We're consumed with our own needs and quick to blame others. We should put our phones away and start to care more about those around us, instead of looking down, we should smile more and wave. There are people paying for injustice due to the wrong place at the wrong time, however we all know taking extra time to look at our surroundings isn't going to kill us.

tatiana c  on 10/6/2015 7:28:12 PM

As technology has advance so has safety procedures but there are always those risks of those everyday mix ups that become deadly. Texting is a simple communication task that everyone does everyday , also is driving. Those combined, is now a nationwide danger. Studies have shown that death rates have gone up, and more investigation has been done to show that before the accident a text of some social media was activated and used seconds before death. If the evidence is shown thenntere is no reason why we should ingnore those factors that take so many peoples' lives away. Not only are people getting killed but people are going to jail due to murder because of their obsession with the media. It only takes a glance to unfocus you from the road.life is sacred and it shouldn't be something that's taken because a rediculous devise.

Austin V  on 10/5/2015 2:00:06 PM

Technology has advanced so quickly in the past 20 years, I find it hard to keep up. New advances in technology are discovered every day, allowing many people who have the privilege to use these tools an easier time completing every day tasks. It may be true that technology is incredible, but it is also very distracting. "With great power comes great responsibility" is a saying that is overlooked far too often. It is imperative that today's generation understands the weight that a Father and a Mother who lost their child in a car accident due to distraction. No matter what situation, that text is not worth your life, or anyone else's life on that road that may be put in danger because of one persons carelessness.

Franchesca O  on 10/3/2015 9:18:05 PM

We all know texting and driving is dangerous, but many of us choose to still do so. Why? It's just as dangerous as any other distraction. Picking up your phone doesn't only put your life in danger, but others around whether they're in the car or not. I am applying for this scholarship to inform teens and even adults that looking at or replying to a text isn't worth your life or anyone else's. A text, a call, or whatever it is, can wait. Your life is far more important than reading a text. Ignoring one little ring will prevent you from hurting yourself and others around you. Keep your phone away, it's not worth it.

Franklin M  on 10/1/2015 5:34:37 PM

Texting while driving an global epidemic that is only getting worse. When you text and drive your not only putting your own life in danger, but also the lives of every other motorist and pedestrian. When you're driving the attention should be on the road, anticipating the hazard that could change your life in a moment. If your busy with your nose in your phone, and that moment happens, it could well be your last text, every. Next time you're operating a vehicle on public roads, and that notification goes off, think about wether it's potentially worth your life, or not.

Joan V  on 9/30/2015 11:03:50 PM

There are many incidents that can occur while driving. One of the worst possible incident is taking the life of another person while driving. There is always a chance of being involved in an accident because of the millions of automobiles in the world. The risk of being in an accident increases by becoming distracted, which in modern time is texting. The distraction of texting will put a driver at a higher risk of being in an accident or hitting a pedestrian. A simple text can wait because the lives of the driver and the pedestrians are far more important. The simple action of a driver turning off his or her phone will safe a life.

ivory e  on 9/30/2015 9:44:04 PM

Texting and driving is like oil and water, it does not mix well with each other. Texting and driving is one of the most unsafe things a person can do. 1 in 4 Americans are killed every day from motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving, such as using a cellphone, texting or eating. When a person texts and drives the person is not only putting themselves in danger, but also the lives of other people. No one should have to suffer a loss of a loved one just because of an irresponsible person. We as people have to think before we act on things. We have to ask ourselves questions like," Is this text that important?" " Can this text wait?" Texting and driving is very unsafe, and should not be done. Do not text and drive people . It can wait !

Samantha B  on 9/29/2015 8:46:53 PM

Texting and driving is an extremely huge issue today in society. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, but putting many other innocent lives at risk as well. This issue is not only caused by teens, but from adults as well. As a society, we are being so consumed by the cellphone to the point where it had to become a law to not text and drive. It has been scientifically proven that a humans brain can not multitask. So you must either be focused on the road or focused on your phone. Is a text really worth the suffering and damage of a lost life?

Kelly C  on 9/29/2015 7:17:42 PM

The words, " Don't text and drive" has been said constantly to young drivers across the world. These words are simply another way family and friends say, " I love you" to their loved one. By texting and driving the chances of causing an accident increase are increased. People who text and drive are twenty-three times more likely to cause an accident. These accidents can vary in injury from nonfatal to fatal. The best way to keep the roads safer is to wait to answer a text. By doing so, the chances of seeing your family at the end of the day are higher.

Mireya G  on 9/29/2015 3:16:59 PM

Driving in general is already risking your life ,it's like driving with a knife on your chest . Texting and driving is like running blind-folded full speed in a maze with an even bigger knife. Shows how dangerous driving a lot can be let alone texting and driving

patricia g  on 9/29/2015 1:07:21 AM

Texting and driving is one of the most unsafe things that you can be doing while driving. It's like driving under the influence of alcohol. People can cause a serous accident or even death. No one should suffer a loss of a loved one, It can happen in a blink of an eye, just a split second while having your eyes off the road everything can be lost. Just because of that one person that decided to text and drive. People need to be smarter than that don't lose your life for something that can wait. Think about your loved ones and promise yourself that you will not text and drive.

dejae c  on 9/28/2015 5:52:39 PM

Texting while driving is a very dangerous situation that has become huge as the years have gone by. I feel that when you text and drive not only are you putting others in danger but also your own self. Texting and driving should be taken seriously because each time you do it something or someone is at risk.

Franque A  on 9/28/2015 2:22:23 PM

Texting and driving is like any other distraction while on the road, anything can happen the second you look away behind the wheel. Many say texting and driving occurs in the teen population, yet so many people get in car accidents that involve age group between 20-50 texting and driving as well. That being said, everyone should pay more attention to the streets rather than a text message, which means laws on texting and driving should more strictly enforced. That one text you were going to send can ruin your life or the person you hit. Bad habits die hard but would you rather be a safe driver and put your phone away to send that text later or put your life and others on the line to hit send? Texting while driving does more harm than good, yet i feel like many people don't take it seriously until it happens to them.

Stephanie N  on 9/28/2015 8:09:22 AM

Texting and driving is something that affects not only yourself, but all of those around you. In an instant many lives can be changed, many times they are for worse. I know that many times we are all rushing to get to the next place, and we need to send out a message at that exact moment. What we do not realize is that we take a conscious decision to play with the lives of the people not only in your car, but those around you. A text can wait, if your friend sends you a funny message and you just have to answer back LOL, it can wait. Now a days we are in a bad habit that everything has to happen instantaneously, well texting is not one of them. A life takes months and months to form, develop and mature, a life is lost in texting and driving instantaneously. The pain, sadness and ache for the people affected lasts for the rest of their lives and the guilt I can only imagine is intolerable, there is no reason to cause a harm that can not be undone.

Katlyn D  on 9/27/2015 10:51:07 PM

Texting while driving has become a huge issue. I feel as though a majority of the percentage of people texting and driving are people between the ages of 16 and 30. Typically, a large amount of people this age are in school, especially college.

Alexis S  on 9/27/2015 8:04:17 PM

There is nothing that is that important to where you need to text and drive. Being a licensed driver is a huge responsibility because besides your life you're responsible for anyone in your car and others on the road. I am fortunate not knowing anyone that has been hurt/killed due to texting and driving, however I know this could happen at any time.

Ladasha R  on 9/24/2015 8:11:42 PM

I Applied for this scholarship because i believe that i can get accepted for no only because i believe in my self but also i believe your safety is your main priority and texting and driving is not safe or for another human being life you put in jeporady because you decided to look down at your phone to respond to an text.

Pamela d  on 9/24/2015 7:55:17 PM

My intentions for applying for this scholarship is to tell a story. A traumatic accident that happen to a very young women. Because of a text message that could've waited it took the lives of her and her younger sibling. This person was my best friend. Someone who I considered as a sister. Because of her texting addition, it cause something unbelievable to happen. My friend was a freshly graduate with her Bachelors in Nursing. As she was dropping off her sister that morning to school she wasn't paying attention to the road. They were driving over a curb and the speed had reduce and that when the collision happen. Here car went straight to a tree, as her car rapped around it. Killing both of the victims instantly. I miss the, both dearly. I just want for everyone to realize that life not for granted no matter how great we think we are at doing multiple things at once. Please people remember texting and driving is not worth your live or anyone else. That text can wait.

Kassidee F  on 9/24/2015 1:44:45 PM

Driving is dangerous enough as it is. All your attention should be on the road, instead of a cell phone. So many different scenarios can occur, whether it be your fault or another's. A good friend of mine was texting on her cellphone and crossed an intersection, without stopping at the stop sign. She had a collision with a local Highschool bus. The impact killed her instantly. Was this text really worth a life? This not only ended her life, but greatly affected all those around her, especially her loved ones. I highly advise cellphone use to be restricted while driving!

Erin A  on 9/23/2015 11:43:46 AM

I applied for this scholarship because, my father has epilepsy disorder and post- traumatic stress disorder. My father over the years of my childhood had many seizures. Some minor and many not minor. Thus being a child I was placed into many different situations seeing him have a seizure. One particular day I was 6 years old. It was summer time, my family and I were coming back from running Arron's. It was noon as the temperature started rising my father started to go on about his head ache. My father started to quickly have a strong seizure. In a split second all I could hear was a loud boom, and see glass shattered everywhere and the sounds of painful screaming. My family and I were hit from the back by a taxi driver who was texting and driving. My family and I were all okay however the taxi driver was hurt extremelly bad and rushed to the emergency room. However due to the impact of the taxi driver hiring my family my mother that hit a nurs in her car in front of us but she ended up being fine and damage was done

Braxton B  on 9/22/2015 10:18:40 PM

I didn't have enough space to say my entire story. When I was younger, in kindergarten, I was in a car with my mom on our way to Burger King for breakfast and then to church afterwards. I asked her to look at a drawing of mine, and with persistence she finally looked. When she looked back at the road she was over on the side and panicked. She over corrected and our vehicle some how went spinning through the air. With neither of us wearing seat belts she broke and then flew out of the vehicle landing in the ditch. The car landed on the tires and I climbed out of the window. My mom now has 4 titanium screws in her hip with a huge scar only from a moments glace. This is why texting is much worse and you most certainly should wear a seat belt.

Samantha C  on 9/22/2015 9:05:25 PM

Texting is an addiction we all do, but once that phone comes out while driving, it's a danger on the road by causing accidents that can lead to death. A simple check on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even a simple hello can become a devistating accident. Stop and think before you pull out your phone behind the wheel to reply saying hello, because you might be the one to cause a deadly accident.

Monica K  on 9/20/2015 7:55:03 PM

When driving you are one second away from death. With so many cars around you, with so many other lives. You have to be responsible and keep all your attention on the road. Texting and driving is an issue we should address. It takes the lives of many on the road. Save that message, snapchat and tweet until your done driving, doing so may save your life as well as others

susan h  on 9/19/2015 6:59:38 PM

Texting and driving is one of the most severe thing you can do. This is an automatic death wish. ask me I was a passenger in a taxi hit from behind by a woman that was texting. I have lost my ability to work as a nurses aide. I now have developed arthritis and debilitating sciatica and neck and arm injuries that do not allow me to function as I once did> this is a reason in which no one should text or drive. I now am at the mercy of a lack of the ability to continue to do just daily tasks with out having to stop. Every time you text and drive you could kill some one. Think twice before you text drive or even ride with someone. that text is not important to read or send. It could be your death or a loved ones death o just a innocent bystanders death.

Madison S  on 9/19/2015 5:07:18 PM

Distracted driving is deadly driving

Taylor R  on 9/19/2015 12:57:46 PM

One simple text stating "Hey" or "LOL" could change your life forever! It sure changed mine in December of 2012 when a lady who was texting "LOL" to her best friend crashed into my mothers vehicle that included my mom and baby brother. My baby brother died instantly from impact and left my mom paralyzed. Think twice before texting and driving. You never know who's life you may change!

Kassidy M  on 9/19/2015 4:24:55 AM

Texting and driving simply says........I'm willing it to risk my life, the life of other, and my future just to text someone something that could have simply waited. The text ily means (ily), but when text while driving it ily means (ily). Driving while texting is crazy Hands down. Ijs.

Erin L  on 9/17/2015 11:09:16 PM

One simple look away from the road can not only end your life, but someone else's. I would not want to be the reason for someone else's death. I wouldn't be able to look at their family, let alone my self. So that is why I have accepted to take the don't text and drive challenge. Im just one person taking this challenge, but i am also saving hundreds of lives a day

Telma P  on 9/17/2015 9:46:28 PM

Texting and driving is a huge concern in our generation. People think they can multitask but the truth is you can't. Anything can happen; something can pop up and cause an accident. Everyone should take texting and driving seriously. You will ALWAYS have time to text. Don't let texting end your life.

Naya L  on 9/16/2015 12:25:24 PM

Naya Lilly You choose a battery life over yours or someone else’s life. Life is too precious to have it taken away by an electronic device. Texting and driving is a serious but hard subject to talk about to teens because it will not stay in their head. Many lives are taken from families by car accidents and the main cause is texting and driving. People consider texting and driving an addiction but I see it as a suicide waiting to happen. You can stop yourself from texting and driving the best way is to turn off your phone before you get in the car. There are many other ways to prevent texting and driving, you just have to think before you act. A text can always wait for a reply; your body may not be able to wait for the ambulance.

Forest B  on 9/15/2015 11:50:39 PM

#Dead Don't let it be you

miranda k  on 9/15/2015 5:19:42 PM

Coming from me, I was in a wreck in 2010 and I happened to be hit by a drunk driver. Almost had to have my leg amputated. I am very lucky to be here today.

Tristan C  on 9/14/2015 5:56:16 PM

I feel as though texting and driving is becoming a major killer in the United States, especially when it comes to teenagers. I can personally say that I've know some of the victims from it, and I'm sure they are as against it as I am. I am applying for this scholarship because no one's life is worth a text message.

Kinlyn W  on 9/14/2015 11:06:59 AM

Texting and driving is the leading cause of teens dying in the U.S. I feel as if teenagers sometimes take life for granted over one little message that could wait. Please just know that with in a blink of an eye anything could happened. Don't be so nonchalant over the life you have, you only have one.

Xanayra M  on 9/13/2015 1:02:47 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I was in a car crash due to a teenage girl texting and driving.

Sydney A  on 9/12/2015 1:35:03 PM

Doesn't anyone see the TV Ads? The worst is people texting while driving. They weave, they sit at a Green light and the rest of us have to wait until they wake up and then look at the accidents! Stop It! SheepAllen

Karissa B  on 9/12/2015 12:40:28 AM

Seeing a loved go through a tragic car accident because of a little, bright screen that the brain was so tempted to look at changed my entire perspective on texting and driving. Waiting just one minute, 60 seconds, to look at a text while driving may save a life. It's time to put the phone down and keep our eyes on the road.

Caroline B  on 9/6/2015 4:45:57 PM

My own or someone else's life is never worth a text message, and that's all the reason I need.

Ananda J  on 9/2/2015 9:30:57 PM

"Oh snap selfie timeeee," said Kelly. "Hey get me in it," said Carly moving in closer. They both start to take several pictures together at a red light. "Can you guys please just pay attention to the road okay, I mean haven't you guys seen those commercials," said Ashley. "Girl calm down your always ruining the fun!" yelled Carly. The green light flashed and they sped off. Ashley looked cautiously because she noticed they didn't put the phone away while they were driving but she didn't want to say anything because she thought they wouldn't think she was cool anymore. Kelly started to push down on the gas a little bit harder as she was uploading there selfies to snapchat. The next stoplight came up and it sooned turned red even before they went passed the stoplight. On the corner of Ashley's eye she saw a car coming their way full speed and Kelly tried to press on her brakes but she just skidded all over the place. Left and right cars came towards us giving the car one heck of a beating. Limp and motionless was the last thing she saw of Carly's body.

Jonathan S  on 9/1/2015 11:06:13 PM

I applied for the scholarship. Pretty simple.

Aaliyah H  on 9/1/2015 1:46:35 PM

Texting and Driving, 95% of my peers agree that it is not safe, yet 43% continue to do it. We know it is wrong but continue to do it simply because we never think that we could be the one to either die from it or take an innocent person's life because of it. Texting and Driving is addicting, yet deadly. Don't think just because you got away with it once, it'll happen again. It is not worth a ticket or a life. Texting and driving is not only a dangerous action, it also has long term affects. This could all be prevented by obtaining obedience and not taking your eyes off the road.

Cheryl E  on 9/1/2015 12:07:43 PM

Safety Alert by Cheryl E.

Cheryl E  on 9/1/2015 12:06:55 PM

While driving, the majority of the time I look over and see someone texing while driving. This amazes me how people take life for granted. The commercials that show people texting while driving and the accidents that occur. Due to the negligence of the driver turning their head for just a second. The impact of the accident and the injuries and the deaths that could have been prevented. People if you love your life and your families. Pull over to the side if it's that important to send a text message. If you think about it; it's not that important to text while driving. Believe me they can wait, so please I urge you all to put your life and others first and dont text and drive. This is your safety alert :)

Laura K  on 9/1/2015 11:37:59 AM

Nothing but the word fear comes into my mind when I look over and see a person looking down at the phone then up then down then swerve all around. I worry if there's children in the backseat of the drivers car who is so concerned about his phone or in the car in front of the person texting. Especially on the highway when cars are going about 70-80 mph. I know so many of us are guilty of this and even I myself have crashed a car due to texting. Luckily I was alone and no one was hurt however, after realizing what had happened, I now appreciate life more than ever and understand that absolutely no text message is worth a persons life. Texting and driving is a very dangerous action and we need to make people everywhere more aware of the risks they are taking by worrying about something that can wait.

yvonne n  on 9/1/2015 1:58:09 AM

Radios on, friends in the back seat and your best friend sitting right beside you and says "you got a text". You decide to reply because seeing everyone else on their phone makes you think its ok to be on yours then all of a sudden you don't even get to press the send button. It was all for nothing, you lost your friends and didn't even get to send the message you were going to send. Texting and driving is a serious issue and people need to realize that the text can wait.

Fernando M  on 8/31/2015 8:36:54 PM

All I see on campus are people on their phones. This carries on to outside of campus. This generation is enslaved with technology and are addicted. From texting while walking to texting while driving, it increases the chance of self-inflicted injury or injury of others, based on the fact that they're driving a machine. Just because the phone can "multitask", it doesn't mean they can as well. People are misinformed and addicted to technology nowadays. Phone addictions are as bad as a drug addiction.

Justin Z  on 8/31/2015 7:08:38 PM

Texting while driving is a very serious hazard. Teens do not realize that yours eyes should not leave the road to text on a phone. Many serious accidents have resulted because teens have ignored the dangers that texting and driving cause. We have vehicles on our school campus showing what happens when you text and drive. Many teens have lost their lives in a texting and driving accident. The message can wait. Life cannot.

mikala g  on 8/31/2015 6:06:22 PM

I was in a car accident. All because of a drunk driver but luckly i wasn't hurt. Everyday I think about what if somwthong more could have happened ? I think about all of the car accidents happening everyday from the drunk drivers

Sara P  on 8/31/2015 1:01:27 PM

So many people die from texting and driving everyday, its worse with teenagers, texting and driving can put you and others life at risk. The fact that people actually consider or do it makes me sick to my stomach. if you do it you are putting your life and others at risk. Please don't text and drive it can wait.

Katie R  on 8/31/2015 10:25:53 AM

LIFE MATTERS! Every single life is more important than a text that ‘can’t wait’ – it can! Our fast paced society, although exciting, is guiding us down a dangerous path.

Valente C  on 8/30/2015 11:18:00 PM

Are you out of your mind? Why do you risk your life for a text message. Drive safe to your location, be smart and safe a life, think twice and save yourself. In my experience as a driver, sometimes I have to wait longer to get to work or school, because someone is texting or calling or some type of accident. Please behave while driving, there's a time and a day to die, but not today or tomorrow.

Jennifer W  on 8/30/2015 9:41:00 PM

So many people die every year because of texting while driving. The fact that people text and drive boggles my mind. Even glancing at your phone can be fatal for you and the other people around you. Texting and driving is a very dangerous and serious issue. There are tons of people who are distracted everyday by the vibration of their phone. If you cannot leave your phone alone, or not look at it when you hear you have received a text, you have an addiction. I think that more people should be more aware of the dangerous of having their phone behind the wheel. I think everyone person should have to get a device where it will not allow you to send texts or receive them, unless your car’s bluetooth is able to do that for you.

Ivan R  on 8/30/2015 6:59:01 PM

Texting while driving could lead to serious consequences. When one is driving and texting at the same time they are not only putting their life on jeopardy but others as well. Accidents and deaths can be prevented but only if we follow the rules. It's sad to know that someone has lost their life because of an irresponsible driver. We need to pay attention to the road than our phone because its better to prevent than regret.

Savannah G  on 8/29/2015 3:51:01 PM

Suffering from a horrible accident personally this summer really opened my eyes as to why distractions are very unsafe while driving. Although texting was not the cause of my accident, it’s something as simple as a text that can permanently change the course of your life or someone else's life. We currently live in the technology era, where technology consumes our life. Driving is to be taken very seriously, and not texting while driving should be common knowledge because it is such a major distraction. Texting during your drive has the same affects on your brain as if you were drunk. It distracts the same part of your brain and allows for a larger window of reaction time. Essentially, texting while driving is also a form of drunk driving: unsafe and life threatening. Texting while driving is a life gamble, and isn't worth the risk.

Jozlyn W  on 8/29/2015 2:39:07 PM

Kids, teenagers, and young adults think they can get away with anything, like they can live forever, and when you live the world today where everything is technology based its hard to think that something so simple as texting while driving can harm you, or the people around you. Little do these people realize that texting while driving is such a dangerous thing, just as bad as drinking and driving, sometimes even worse. Do you want to be the reason someone dies? Don't text and drive.

Ricardo C  on 8/28/2015 10:45:30 PM

Texting and driving is something people now these days tend to do. They think that they will not hit someone because it has not occurred yet, but when it does it is something they can not believe with their eyes. Texting and driving can happen to anyone at anytime and can ultimately end a life. even just for hitting someone on accident, it can also have you locked up and possibly charged for the death of an innocent. Ya we all love texting because it is the fastest way to communicate, but it is the fastest way to ruin someones life too. It is better to make a person wait 10 minutes than to make them wait 10 years because you are in prison for the death of someone. Texting can wait, better to be safe than sorry.

Alexandra O  on 8/28/2015 11:45:32 AM

Texting while driving is not the smartest thing to do because it causes accidents. That makes someone a reckless and bad driver. You get distracted when texting someone while driving, it can cause accidents if you're not keeping concentration on the road and your surrounding. One accident can cause many other issues, not just to the driver. I have family friends who has had either daughters or sons who were texting or calling on their phone when they got in to car accidents. Texting while walking across the street is also dangerous. A student in my school was texting while crossing the street with her sister, she didn't even notice when her sister yelled, and now she has a cast on her leg

amber s  on 8/27/2015 9:58:41 PM

A girl I went to high school with was killed headed home from work. As she began to cross one of our town bridges she got a text message on her phone. She hit the side of the bridge and since it was an old bridge, it could not hold the car. She landed in the water and was trapped in the car. By the time someone got down there to help her the car had already filled with water and no one could get inside. She passed that day but our town built a new bridge in her honor. The nightmare still lives with us. Do not text and drive.

Arelis V  on 8/24/2015 8:16:35 PM

Texting and driving not only may kill a life of a certain individual, it can destroy one.Do you ever think while texting,that in a blink of a eye you can die or cause a crash?.Have you ever thought the of the consequences that texting and driving causes?.I've experienced twice what texting and driving can cause,but I wasn't the one on the phone,it was the other driver texting while driving.It was a full on collegian,an impact on my life.Texting while driving is not worth a life,it's not worth getting hurt.Think twice before texting and driving,everything can change in a blink of an eye.

Felicia P  on 8/24/2015 7:35:44 PM

Seeing and hearing is two completely different experience! Texting and driving may not mean anything to anyone now-a-days because everyone feels as if they aren't going to get into an accident because they "know" that they are "great" drivers. Seeing an accident happen before your eyes is a life-learning experience. I, myself isn't a driver yet but seeing something drastic like that happen before your eyes, changes how you do and see things. Hearing not to text and drive is something that will go through one ear and out the other, but seeing is a completely different story. so moral on my short comment is NEVER text and drive! I know Justin Beiber fans are out there singing "Never say never", but this is a situation that must require saying NEVER. so if you value your life, please DO NOT text and drive people.

Rebecca S  on 8/24/2015 6:51:40 AM

I feel that many people, young and old, don't take the dangers of texting and driving very seriously. For me, I have heard the horror stories which are the consequences of texting and driving firsthand from my sister. My sister has worked as a trauma nurse in the E.R. of a local hospital for several years now. When you have a loved one come home from work and tell you a real-life story of how a person your own age was sent to the intensive care unit, and is in critical condition, all simply because of a short text message, it can really put the dangers in perspective for you. Chatting with friends and loved ones via text message is not worth putting your life at risk!

whittney q  on 8/21/2015 2:52:23 PM

Don't text while driving because you can harm yourself are risk someone else life.

Michelle C  on 8/21/2015 2:18:12 PM

One text, one call, one message, one death. All over the world, there are many victims of texting while driving. One emotional presentation about texting while driving made a dramatic change in my life. Up til today, I am still thinking about baby Aiden. Aiden was a victim of a texting while driving accident. During a red light, his parents' car was hit with an impact of a car going 25 mph by a lady who was texting while driving. In the car was the 10 months old Aiden in a very critical condition. Aiden has to live his life with scars along his cerebral due to the bleeding in his brain. He could never grow hairs on his head and he's only 10 months old. Imagine how others viewed him in public. One careless mistake lead to one life. What's done been done and nothing could be change. Who knows, you might be the next victim. One message can wait. One call can wait. Your life is more important.

Jessica D  on 8/21/2015 12:54:39 PM

"See you later!", you say to your mother as you leave to go meet your friends. You get in your car, and before you pull out of your driveway, you send your friend a message saying that you're on your way and that you'll be there in 10 minutes. You're so excited to spend some time with your friends that you stop paying attention to the road when you get the reply text message from your friend. "Okay", your friend said. 20 minutes pass and your friends start to worry. Your friend calls you over and over again but the phone goes straight to voicemail. Ambulances and firetrucks race past your friend, towards the direction you were coming from. Your friend follows, and pulls up to see that there was a head-on collision. "No pulse.", says the EMT as he examines a a body laying cold on the ground, covered in blood. Your friend screams in horror as he realizes that it's you. Okay is the word that killed you. Stop texting and driving.

Bailey K  on 8/20/2015 7:27:29 PM

Texting while driving is something that not only our youth need to be aware of, but adults as well. Most people assume that teenagers are the only culprits of texting and driving, but adults are just as guilty. My husband drives on average an hour to and from work daily, and this is something that I worry about daily I would hate to get the phone call saying that my husband is hurt because someone was so careless and couldn`t put their phone down. I am against texting and driving, and I`m ready to take a stand against it and inform my community about the dangers of texting and driving.

Wenny Z  on 8/20/2015 6:35:50 PM

I think texting and driving is such a dangerous multi-tasking to accomplish. First off, it is very dangerous. Even if you are "skilled" driver doesn't mean anything. You will have a higher chance be involved in a accident. Texting and driving can be the death of you. Hundreds of thousands of death regards to this. To avoid this drauamtic from happening, I would highly suggest all drivers not to text and drive! Technology these days made headphones and Bluetooth to help truck drivers or anyone to maintain a communication just by plugging it in your ear! Be smart and make good choices. That means...DON't text and drive!!!

Shanaun S  on 8/20/2015 6:18:52 PM

Texting while driving, is a very selfish and dangerous act. In that quick. In that quick moment that take your eyes off the road, to type a few words, you can lose your life, or cause and innocent person to lose their life. I can't stress how important it is to stay focused and alert while operating a vehicle. So many lives are lost or drastically changed for one quick mistake that can be avoided. There are even phone apps that you can download or install to prevent you from receiving tempting text messages that you may feel the need to respond to while driving. Save the lives of others and yourself by waiting to text. Its not worth the life changing effects that result from it.

Rachel C  on 8/20/2015 5:49:27 PM

It's sad to see how our society always has to depend on technology for everything. We just can't seem to leave our phones at home in our purse, or just in your pocket while behind the wheel. One of my close friends lost their life to someone texting and driving. Now, every time I see someone who is in a car next to me texting and driving, I tell them to roll down the window and ask them if they text can wait. Usually I get a negative response like "mind your own business", " I don't even know you", or my personal favorite, "who do you think you are?" Well, I am the friend of someone who died from a texting and driving accident. My friend lost their life to someone who thought the text "okay see you in a bit" would be worth taking a life. We need to all take the pledge and just put the phones down. It could save a life.

Rosella g  on 8/20/2015 12:05:43 PM

Texting and driving almost took the life of my son's father. He crashed his truck into a swamp and almost died. We lost the car we had and almost lost the life of my son's father. I 100% percent against texting and driving. Just the other day my son was almost hit by someone texting and driving and not paying attention to the road. I sit on my porch everyday watching the fools text and drive on the main road, which is near 3 different schools. I against texting and driving so much that I don't even own a smart phone. I help make aware of the dangers of texting and driving in my own neighborhood and to the kids by sharing the story of my son's father and the pictures of the accident. Texting is very danger and people always think they are smart enough to text and drive. I just hope that everyone realizes it only takes that one time , to end the life of yourself or another. There is no text or post wroth a life lost,

Ashley W  on 8/20/2015 11:53:35 AM

As I'm sitting here in my room, legs shaking, lip quivering, tears steaming down my face, I start to realize the painstaking consequences I'll now have to face. Three words: I love you. Words that will never taste the same coming out of my mouth again. I can still feel those three words lingering on my fingertips as I typed the message while driving. The guilt consumed me immediately, but it was too late. I swerved into the other lane and my soul escaped my body; I was powerless. I killed an innocent man that day, who was a loving husband, son, and father. I will never be the same, but I don't matter. Nothing matters anymore.

Laura C  on 8/20/2015 9:08:02 AM

In an instant the lives of many could be changed by the ignorance of one. As Americans we are always on the look out for the new best thing, never once stopping to comprehend the effect of this "new best thing." Texting while driving has been highly aggrandized in today society. Invariably being bombarded by new technology such as iPhones, cell phones, tablets, and so on. Is it impartial for the lives of others to be ruined by the sound of a text message? Texting while driving will never be safe for anyone, so make a change today. Put the phone up.

zach K  on 8/19/2015 11:30:06 PM

Have you ever thought about slamming your head into your steering wheel at ten plus times the force of gravity? You wouldn't do it while you're at a stand still, why chance it when you're moving.

shaylagh m  on 8/19/2015 5:18:57 PM

Texting and driving is a hazardous choice that occurs everyday in the US. On average, 9 Americans die daily due to people who text and drive. 75% of those 9 who die were not the ones texting and driving, however they were the ones who had to suffer due to other peoples selfish action. Approximately 3,300 individuals die yearly in car crashes and 13,000 have serious injuries reported, which are attributed to texting and driving. Taking one quick glance or sending one quick message can more than likely lead to the death of yourself, your loved ones, and even innocent people you don't know. Texting and driving is not worth the risk of destroying your life.

Ariel R  on 8/19/2015 2:18:41 PM

5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 5mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road you're driving on. In California alone, 5,870 fatalities have occurred in just the last year. 50% of teens do admit to texting and driving, which gives the other 50% to pay attention to the road. The street is a place to drive, Not text.

Chyna W  on 8/19/2015 9:02:11 AM

Texting and driving has affected people all across the world. This act not only affects you, but it also can alter the life of anyone on the road with you. Texting while driving increases your chance of an accident by 23 percent. Many people have lost their lives by a careless driver and families have been forever changed. Take the initiative and put your phone away while you're at the wheel.

Angeles C  on 8/18/2015 10:26:32 PM

Is texting while driving worth it? Well it isn't, people who text and drive are ignorant and don't realize the hazard of diverting to look at their devices. People may not know but, "Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving" (Edgar Synder & Associates), and they have the urge to pick up the phone every time it rings to look at their messages when all it probably says is "ok". I personally saw this woman texting and driving on the freeway with children in the back seat. It looked like they were headed to the beach due to all of the beach supplies; I thought to myself that they'd make it safe. That woman not only put herself in danger but her children and others as well. You should never look away from the road because while you are typing "on my way" another car may struck you in a split second.

Enrique H  on 8/18/2015 2:26:19 PM

Texting and driving can caused accidents. Many people who text and drive think they won't cause any accidents because they tell themselves "I'm a better driver than anyone on this planets." In that case they tends to texts and drive. Seeing a car crash on a freeway and street makes me wonder "How did this happen?" Texting and driving is almost as dangerous as drunk driving. They both have things in common. 1. Car crash 2. Can kill other drivers 3.Other drivers can be injure

David V  on 8/18/2015 12:46:02 PM

Many people don't see the danger of texting and driving. However, because it takes the drivers full attention off the road, it greatly increases the chance of a crash. At a safe traveling distance, drivers can only afford to safely look away at a sign for one second. Texting often requires longer than one second to respond to.

Briana M  on 8/18/2015 10:28:25 AM

We as Americans have come up with many ways to be distracted while drive and are new one is texting and driving. Which is very dangous. We take our eyes off the road to view a text that could wait a few minute. Just a few second with your eyes off the road could cost your life or someone else's. When you text and drive you are putting a risk to olyou and others safety on the road. Please stop and think don't text and drive.

Nicholas H  on 8/18/2015 4:56:53 AM

There is no text that is worth your life. Whatever the message entails, it can wait. Everytime you reach for your phone while in your car, you willingly risk your life.

Blake E  on 8/17/2015 11:59:51 PM

Texting while driving has been known to cause many deaths in our world today. Most people first reaction is to look at their phone instantly whenever it goes off no matter what they are doing. This includes while driving. Texting while driving can be just as dangerous or if not worse then driving while intoxicated. Texting while driving causes you to take your eyes completely off the road and if you are traveling at 55 mph you cover the length of a football field in 4 seconds. A lot can happen in a hundred and twenty yards. Help save lives by making that first move to put your phone out of your reach and keep your eyes on the road. Do not take someone else's life by doing something that you would not want them to do to you.

Melissa S  on 8/17/2015 9:39:24 PM

In today's society, texting and driving is something pretty common. Teenagers aren't just doing it;adults are as well! Texting and driving is a huge risk. Why? When someone is texting and driving they are not only putting their own life at risk, but they are also putting other people in danger as well. They could accidentally create a huge accident causing someone else to lose their life when they didn't deserve to. How could someone do that? Taking a life away from someone who is innocent and didn't deserve it is just devastating. Imagine being related to that person. Their family would be in complete devastation. Keeping your phone in the glove box while your driving is safest. That way there is no distraction from your cell phone. With one less distraction, that is one less risk you are making-taking someone else's life, possibly even your own.

jazmine b  on 8/17/2015 1:25:38 AM

No parents wants to experience a police officer knocking on their front door delivering bad new that their child was killed by texting and driving. Texting and driving puts everyone at risk, because of lack of concentration on what's ahead of them. More amount of teens than adults were caught texting and driving, which resulted an increase in deaths and accidents. A good advice is to turn off your phone before driving.

Kristen K  on 8/16/2015 1:52:55 PM

Texting and Driving is very dangerous. It puts you and everyone else in your vehicle and also on the road in danger. Most teens these days no matter what you tell them, will continue to text and drive. It is pretty scary for me and I'm sure a lot others to be on the road next to careless people texting and driving and not paying attention to the road. Waiting to answer that text message you got can wait till you get to your destination instead of texting and driving and putting yourself and others at a high risk for getting injured if you were to get in an accident.

Micah W  on 8/15/2015 3:32:07 PM

To text or not to text? That is the question! Texting while driving is like a virus that has been infecting our youth as well as some adults to this day! Texting at a point in time was something many people didn't find useful because of the high cost for messaging plans, but as the plans depleted so were the lives of our innocent bystanders as well as those guilty of texting and driving. Texting and driving on the surface may seem like an innocent act to quickly communicate a message but it is one cause of murder. Nobody would want their last words to be in a text! Let's put texting and driving to an end!

Conner F  on 8/14/2015 12:03:56 PM

Texting and driving is the most dangerous thing you can do, due to the fact that it fully takes your eyes off of the road, so do not do it.

Jakayla A  on 8/13/2015 7:45:07 PM

Texting and Driving is extremely dangerous. No one should ever try to text while driving, it is not "cool" and it is not a "skill". Live are out in serious dangerous when someone is on the road texting while in the drivers seat. Lives have been taking multiple times because of this situation. Lets work together and make a end to this now.

Ashaiya M  on 8/13/2015 5:35:25 PM

Why is it not safe to text and drive ? Well texting and driving isn't only illegal but very dangerous , it causes a distraction and it causes either death or serious injuries. I think that texting and driving is a horrible decision seeing that no text message is worth your life or any life around you. The most percentage of texting and driving is seen in teens, I feel that we are more focused on technology and social media that we don't take the time to see that we are not only putting ourselves but as well as other around us in danger.

Ashaiya M  on 8/13/2015 5:34:03 PM

Why is it not safe to text and drive ? Well texting and driving isn't only illegal but very dangerous , it causes a distraction and it causes either death or serious injuries. I think that texting and driving is a horrible decision seeing that no text message is worth your life or any life around you. The most percentage of texting and driving is seen in teens, I feel that we are more focused on technology and social media that we don't take the time to see that we are not only putting ourselves but as well as other around us in danger.

Christine M  on 8/13/2015 1:16:37 PM

Have you ever gotten into a plane- heart beating rapidly, palms dripping sweat, fear gripping you tightly by the throat- and felt relief when the pilot pleasantly notified your cabin over the microphone, "Stacy just texted me...she asked if I wanted to go out tomorrow!" No. Of Course you haven't. Pilots don't text and fly 3,000 miles in the air where there's no traffic at all- why should you when you've got a Honda Civic kissing your bumper every few minutes? Texting and driving is stupid, and you aren't stupid, right? So...don't do it.

Sierra E  on 8/13/2015 11:21:34 AM

Texting and Driving can be a very dangerous thing. People may not realize this but it is a big problem in this generation today. Texting and Driving can kill not only you, but innocent people who are around. This is a very frequent thing that happens and needs to be stopped.

Anaya S  on 8/13/2015 3:35:49 AM

Texting and Driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. It not only puts the person who is doing the act life at risk, but it is also putting all of the innocent drivers on the road at risk as well. Texting and Driving is done more frequently then drinking and driving. Many do not see it as harmful when in fact it is, and can cost you or someone else their life.

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