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Dakota High School Students Are Taking a Stand Against Texting and Driving

High school students are learning that when they are driving, texting can be just as dangerous as drinking.

Does your teen text and drive? Do his or her friends?

According to a survey from AT&T:

  • 75 percent of teens surveyed say that texting while driving is "common" among their friends;
  • Almost all teens (89 percent) expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less;
  • And 77 percent of teens report seeing their parents text while driving.

Educators are starting to target distracted driving—including texting and driving—just like drinking and driving in their safety messages to local students.

The problem, they say, is that many students don't connect texting and driving as a dangerous combination.

“I don’t think a lot of people fully appreciate the risk that you’re running when you’re looking away from the road for even half a second," said Cassady Temple, a Dakota High School student who took part in the filming of a TIA video last year to raise awareness of distracted driving.

It Can Wait

A new campaign from AT&T is hoping to change that mentality and highlight the dangers of texting and driving. The It Can Wait program, which launched in September, encourages drivers to take the pledge, promising to not text and drive.

Many schools in the area, including Dakota High School, are working with their respective Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) groups to raise awareness of the "epidemic" that is called texting and driving.

Signs carrying this message and urging students to "Pledge Not to Text and Drive" now adorn the walls of hallways throughout the school. Those who take the pledge receive a free wristband as visible proof of their commitment.

Resources for parents, schools and teens

Have you taken the pledge to stop texting and driving? 

Pdelgad October 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM
This does not only affect teens and young adults. I just lost my closest friend of 20 years, who was age 49, because of texing and driving. PLEASE make and keep a promise to your family and friends not to text and drive. What a great loss to tragedy which was preventable. http://www.wmbb.com/story/19731094/gfhfg
Jenny Whalen October 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I second that - this is a nationwide epidemic that affects every one of us.

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