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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
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Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor • May 6, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024

    Drivers who text head for disaster

    Driving is a privilege that many people take for granted. We’re living in a world where answering a call during rush hour is the norm and people see no wrong in it. Drivers today see texting and driving as multitasking instead of danger.

    Driving while texting has been banned in many states or made illegal. Driving while texting is more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol because it involves three out of three types of categories of distracted driving.

    Studies show that drivers who text while driving have greater collision risk than drivers who aren’t texting. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute used cameras to continuously observe light vehicle drivers and truckers for more than 6 million miles (anonymous, 2009).

    Drivers looked at their devices for nearly five seconds right before a crash or collision, which was enough time to cover a football field driving 55 mph. The study also established that headset cell phone use is not significantly safer than hand-held because the main dangers related with both are answering, dialing, and other activities that take drivers’ eyes off the road.

    Texting behind the wheel is bad all on its own but some people still feel a need to compare it to drunk driving as if one is better than the other.

    Texting while driving has taken many lives. Nowadays you can’t watch television without seeing at least one commercial about someone who just couldn’t wait to text someone back and in the process extinguished a life.

    Driving without texting is a danger in its own and those who do both should be punished. I speak from experience because I use to be the one texting and driving. I figured as long as I didn’t take my eyes off the road I couldn’t harm anyone but yet I fooled myself. Last year on my way home from picking up my kids, I was texting my mother and got into an accident.

    The lady I hit was with child by the grace of god she and my children walked away from this incident with no scratches. Ever since then I have been advocating for harder laws on texting and driving. I could have ruined my life just because I wanted to tell my mother I was laughing out loud “LOL.”

    Ways to eliminate texting while driving is making it illegal and banning it. Another way to eliminate texting while driving is positive reinforcement. Texting while driving might not seem as harmful as it sounds. I believe lawmakers should do more. If a teen or adult get caught drunk driving, then their arrested. The same law ought to be for texting or talking on the phone while driving. Because music on their MP3 player can be twice as risky as someone who just got their license.

    Tiffany Goodwin is a Tower staff writer. Email her a [email protected]

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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