South Burnett Times journalist Madeline Grace.
South Burnett Times journalist Madeline Grace. Elaelah Harley

You can teach an old dog new tricks

ANY time someone pulls out their mobile phone while driving, I'm reminded how little they value their life, my life, and the lives of everyone else on the road.

I've been in the car with drivers who will always answer their phone or make phone calls.

I'm a big believer in speaking up if someone is doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable, especially if it's illegal.

In one instance, I spoke up and asked if they could put their phone away, because they were also speeding and veering all over the road.

I was silenced by an older female in the car and told not to tell a man who was driving what to do.

"They've always done this," she insisted.

"You're not going to get them to change. You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

I really don't think that's true.

I've spoken with reliable sources for stories recently, who have both said it was the older generations that needed to adapt, and put their phones away while driving.

I honestly cannot wrap my head around this phenomenon of not being open to learning.

Being open-minded to any learning opportunity is something I value dearly.

I try to approach every day with a positive mindset, and every situation thinking "what can I learn from this?" and "how will this grow me as a person?".

I personally struggle with understanding how anyone could be so set in their ways that they would be willing to risk lives on our roads.

Yes, I understand it wasn't always like this, and there used to be phones in old cars. It's the same as drink driving and seatbelts.

But, it's not the law attacking you and your rights.

We're just trying to keep everyone alive.

South Burnett


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