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Making decisions — your life depends on it

August 28, 2008 11:28 am Published by Comments Off on Making decisions — your life depends on it

This editorial is in response to the news of the death of Kayla Preuss, a 16-year-old Highland, CA girl who died on May 24th after losing control of her car and crashing on the 10 Freeway. She had been texting, driving drunk, and speeding.

Should I wear this today? What should I have for dinner? When should I do my homework? Should I follow everyone else and drink with them or walk away? Choices. Life consists of making a decision every waking moment that will have either a positive or negative result.

A single wrong choice can impair the thought process and lead to more wrong choices, sometimes causing fatal consequences. It is important to evaluate all possible outcomes of decision made before you make them. It is common knowledge that alcohol causes decision-making to be impaired, so why do so many people go around drinking for a quick thrill? Why do so many teens sneak out to enjoy a thirty minute thrill and continue to live a lie?

It amazes me when I read about young Kayla, driving under the influence, speeding, and even texting. Who could she possibly be texting that is more important than her life? I question as to what was going through her mind and she grabbed her phone and figured, “I think it’s a great time to text someone right now.” This combination of bad choices lead to the unfortunate death of young Kayla on May 24, only followed by many more wrong decisions made by people her age around the world.

Read the full article about Kayla and about teen driving habits here: www.dailybulletin.com/ci_10226386

Brandon F. is 16. He lives in Ventura and goes to Foothill Technology High School.