Garner: Opinion

Editorial: Learn lessons the easy way

It’s so easy to sit at a computer or around the kitchen and agree that it’s not a good idea to text while you’re driving.

But goodness, it’s hard to put into practice. The beep of an incoming text, or the urge to give a shout out to a friend, or even the “need” to let your spouse know you’re running a little bit late, can all be hard to overcome.

And the consequences of falling into that rapture can be irreversible.

Sadly, many of us, whether we admit it or not, sneak that odd little text in here or there. We get away with it and that only emboldens us to do it again the next time we think we “need” to.

But students at Garner High School last week, if they were really paying attention, learned just how dangerous it can be.

The combined efforts of the police department and school officials gives students a clearer understanding of the dangers involved in texting and driving. Still, knocking over a cone that represents killing a pedestrian isn’t quite as traumatic as the real thing.

We don’t want any of those students to ever have to experience the real thing. And so we’re grateful that groups like the school system and the local law enforcement community will do their best to explain the dangers of that practice.

Enforcing the state’s no-texting law is a challenge at best. Officers have to basically catch someone in the act, which isn’t likely to happen when cars pass each other on the roadway at 45 mph. Too often the violation is discovered when the officer is taking a wreck report and the driver fesses up to the act.

Parents know, all too well, that they can preach safe driving practices to their teens and that, too often, that sounds like just so much hot air to young people who have been preached at for the last 16 or 17 years.

We hope that having someone other than parents teaching the same lesson will be more effective and help make the roads safer for our teens and anyone who shares the road with them.

Those texts just are not that important. Leave ‘em for later.

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