Consequences of Driving While Emotional

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ulie runs out her front door, slamming it behind her. She sprints to her lime ford fiesta and slides into the driver's seat. Tears are streaming down her face and her hands are shaking uncontrollably as she jams her key into the ignition. She starts up her car and quickly pulls out of the drive onto the grey pavement and slams her pale blue sneakers onto the gas pedal, speeding away, leaving black marks behind her. Eleven minutes and forty-seven seconds later, Julie is laying on a white stretcher wearing a tight, uncomfortable neck brace. Her leg is broken, along with her collarbone and three of her ribs. One of which had punctured her right lung. Her head has a wide gash across it, and it is bleeding into her eyes. Her car is now what appears to be a pile of scrap metal. She had run head on into a white minivan. A mother was driving her two sons home from school, one who was five, and the other who had just turned ten. Now, they are all dead. When Julie stepped into her car just eleven minutes earlier, she did not expect to kill an entire family. She was not drunk, high, or using her cell phone, but she was, in fact, impaired. Driving while overly emotional falls into the same category as driving while drunk, high, or texting; it is a serious driving impairment. It can affect your vision, your judgement, and it can alter your usual safe driving habits. Most people do not know that driving while overly emotional is an impairment, which makes it all the more scary because driving while emotional is not only dangerous, but it can be fatal. Every person, at one point in our lives, have shed a tear or two, whether they would like to admit it or not. Tears, in regular circumstance, are harmless, but behind the wheel, they can be dangerous. Our eyes cannot always see through the blur that the salty tears cause, and sometimes, it takes more than a second to

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