THE statistics reiterating 76% of all drivers admit texting or using mobile phones at the wheel of a moving vehicle are alarming.
Inexperienced P-platers seem to believe, incorrectly, that a licence is not about driving responsibly, it's all about them and their social lives!
Defensive driving courses teach drivers to read the road, other drivers and anticipating and avoiding potential hazards that impact negative outcomes.
Many newly licensed drivers think that it makes them experienced enough to take risks not even the experienced would dare.
Fatalities occur when young drivers, many carrying peers, speed, drive under the influence and use phones, throwing caution to the wind to impress.
They feel invincible and forget the rules they're exposed to in driver training.
A licence is a privilege. Older drivers know that weather and road conditions aren't always conducive to safety.
The narcissistic trend amongst our population, demonstrated online on Facebook, obsession with "selfies", addiction to mobile phones and arrogance towards law enforcement totally disregards others.
It is another form of the self-worship of an "all about me" generation and does not seem to be abating.
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