It’s not about a ticket. It’s not about avoiding DUI checkpoints or taking back roads. It’s not about how amazing you are driving at with one eye shut to overcome pesky double vision or your wizardly phone multitasking skills while weaving through traffic. It’s not about that hilarious time you ran over someone’s mailbox and woke up in their front yard. Nor is it about hiding the damage to your vehicle from your spouse or getting penalized at your job. It is not even about getting charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Quite simply put, it’s not about you at all.
The greatest consequence for bad driving behavior is the potential harm or death of an innocent person. The laws that tell you to put your phone down, not to cross double yellows, and drive sober aren’t there to merely annoy you. They are there to save lives.
The reality is, who are you to endanger anyone because your phone chimed or you were too stubborn to call a cab? Think hard about your reasoning. Mull it over in your mind. Then imagine explaining it someone who had a child in ICU or was burying a loved one due to your actions.
Because it is incredibly selfish to put other people in danger for thinking you’re a better driver than all the statistics, reports, and personal stories that say “It is not worth the risk.”
It’s not about you - it’s about the people whose only mistake was being on the same road.