Students pledge to stop texting while driving

High School senior Harrison Swift is no stranger to texting and driving, and he knows how dangerous the combination can be.

"I'm just as guilty as everyone else," Swift said.

"(When you text and drive) you're not focused on the road and when you look back at the road you're closer to a car then you thought you were," she said.

Swift and hundreds of his fellow classmates at Hardin-Jefferson High School filled the auditorium Thursday for a special presentation on the dangers of texting while driving.

"Our students on an average text between 100-300 times per day," said Hardin-Jefferson H.S. principal Dr. Diana Valdez.

"And while they're driving, they're still communicating this way," said Valdez.

"They're not looking at the road," said Officer Stacy Fountain with the Sour Lake Police Department.

Studies show that 25% of teens respond to at least one text message every time they drive.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21% of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones.

Fountain showed the students a graphic video featuring actors depicting the horrors of a simulated car crash caused by distracted teens.

"Even though it's an acted video, it shows the reality of what a car wreck can do after you text,
 said Swift. "

Students had to have parental consent to watch the video.

Each student was also given a thumb band that reads  'Texting Kills' to serve as a constant reminder to drive safely.

At the end of the assembly, students were quick to sign forms pledging to never text and drive again.

"I'm just going to learn to set my phone aside, just click it off and not worry about it," said Swift.



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