By Nathyn Edson

     Technology is advancing all the time, making devices more accessible and easier to use on the go. Many students rely on their technology and vehicles to make connections and accomplish things throughout the day. Because students have such a busy schedule, they are forced to learn the skill of multi-tasking. The irresistible urge of texting and driving is becoming more and more convenient as technology advances.

     Both vehicles and technology can be very efficient at helping us achieve our goals throughout the day, but combined they can likely have detrimental results. A distracted driver puts not only themselves, but passengers, properties, and innocent bystanders at risk when they reach down for their cellphone.

     According to local news broadcasts, the fines for using a phone while driving has doubled. A first time offender will be charged $250, but repeat offenders will be charged the full $500. Regardless of the harsher punishment, people refuse to abide by the law.

     The Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving states that there were at least 3,331 accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011. I personally have been in car, driving with a friend, and had the driver be distracted by their cellphone or Ipod. At the time it was not a big deal but if something were ever to happen, I would feel personally responsible for not forcing the driver to pay attention. Willow Rariden, a senior at North Eugene High School says, “Even after hitting a pole while using an Ipod, I [still] find myself being distracted by my electronics while driving. I know I am not supposed to, but I have created a habit that is hard to break.”

     Vehicular accidents have been happening more and more recently. This issue needs to be resolved. Further advancements in technology make devices more accessible, in turn it making it easier to become distracted while on the go. If we are able to spread awareness about this issue, have harsher punishments for infractions, and have passengers take control under certain circumstances, then we might be able to completely stop these accidents from happening.