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Local Teen Champions Effort to Reduce Distracted Driving

Local Teen Champions Effort to Reduce Distracted Driving

Distracted driving, especially amongst teen drivers, is a huge risk factor leading to thousands of avoidable deaths each year.  It is why, over the years, our agency has taken the time to conduct  DUI and distracted driving simulations at local high schools throughout Renton. Keeping our youngest, most inexperienced motorists aware the dangers they face and the consequences of their actions is in the best interest of everyone in our community.

Liberty High School student, Lucas Counts, joined Create Real Impact’s effort to raise awareness about this important issue by writing a very raw poem that conveys the seriousness of this risk. We are proud that the youth in our community take a vested interest in the safety of their peers and wanted to share his work with you today.

Thank you, Lucas, for helping us in our effort to continually make Renton safer, healthier, and stronger.


All For a Text

By: Lucas Counts

A little ping

Just a quick glance

How little in significance

Only a second

What’s the risk

He looks real fast

Looks back up and all goes blank

Sirens wail

And screams sound off

Lives are gone

How senseless the loss

If only he had waited

Families are fractured

Death is a hatchet that divides

And pain will surely fester

Loved ones never say goodbye

Children’s songs do not survive

Now tell me – was it worth it

He read his text

Life will go on

And he escapes death’s ghastly jaws

It surely was a close one and he will live

But will it be a curse

It was just a quick glance

Only a second

Couldn’t he have waited

But in the end

Tears and blood flow in harmony

Full recovery never materializes

It wasn’t a dream

His trepidations are all confirmed

Blood is on his hands

And all just for a text

Put the food in the back

Makeup away

Phone on silent

A text can wait

Eyes on the road

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