Essay #18 How Can Pinellas County Reduce Automobile Accidents?

There are approximately 650 car accidents a day in Florida. 650 people’s lives being altered. If I could do something to change this it would be prohibiting all uses of cell phones in car unless hands-free mode is available.

I know that it is illegal to text and drive in Florida, but it is not yet illegal to talk on the phone and drive, like it is for a few other states. If this becomes a law, people will be forced to be distraction free (almost). Our phones are a constant reminder of everything that we have to do, who we need to talk to, or what we need to see. By limiting phone use of the driver, there should be less accidents. This includes using your phone when stopped at a red light. People looking down at their phones at a red light might miss the light turning green and have people trying to more around them and they cause an accident in the process. I hope that accidents in the future will actually be accidents and not from people choosing to be on their phone. Pinellas County is a beautiful place I like to call home and I would like to keep it a safe place on and off the road.

This essay was submitted by:
Alexia Brashares of Palm Harbor University High School
Attending: Florida State University
Course of Study: Pre-Med
Awards and Accolades: Youth Leadership Pinellas Fast Feet Award
-HOSA- 2 regional championships and 1 state championship for Creative Problem Solving
-National Society of High School Scholars
-Participant in Pinellas County All-star Game for cheerleading
-Apart of National Technical Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, interact, four years of football and basketball cheerleading, and Key Club
-Elevating Excellence Class of 2018

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