Don’t Be The Cause: 1 Moment, 1 Life

Statistics are drawn on the sidewalk at Cranberry High School. (By AJ Howard/Student Contributor)

Student contributor

It is not easy to comprehend the severity of crashing a car, at least, not until a mangled automobile is presented before you. Seeing a common form of transportation in such a contorted, damaged way really brings about considerations of such a horrible event occurring to you or someone you love.

People often stress the importance of driving safely, but without witnessing the severity of the consequences from reckless driving, it simply appears as another warning that most choose to ignore. Statistics can fly over the heads of teenagers and adults alike.

Students walk by a crashed car that was sitting in front of Cranberry High School. (By Sara Uddin/Student contributor)

By presenting a crashed car alongside eye catching messages written in chalk, Cranberry High School was able to successfully prick the minds of young drivers or soon-to-be drivers when it comes to considering their driving habits, as well as how safe they are actually being.

As mentioned by Olivia Plummer, a freshman at Cranberry High School, “I think safe driving might be one of the most important things in today’s world. With everything going on, we must use our technology responsibly. It’s scary to consider being in an accident just because of a single text. I think other people should consider the consequences before acting irresponsibly.”

Students write important messages about safe driving on the sidewalk in front of Cranberry High School. (By AJ Howard/Student contributor)

Students of Cranberry’s Journalism class are to thank for the various driving messages written in chalk at the entrance of the school along with this week’s safe driving campaign, even though the rain had some impact on the visibility of the statistics.

As for the car, Minich’s Towing and Recovery was kind enough to make a contribution towards the ultimate cause of spreading awareness.

Next time, before you reach for your phone, some food, or participate in any realm of distracted driving, just remember that in one moment, you could be the cause of a life lost.


Hannah Niederriter, AJ Howard and Sara Uddin are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications group.