High school students spread message about texting & driving dangers

6:49 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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THORNDIKE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Its been known for some time that using a phone and driving don't mix. That's the lesson students at Mount View High School were trying to show their classmates on Thursday.

Students taking physics at the high school worked on a texting and driving assembly program. They put it together with the help of the school resource officer.

The program was set up to teach students the dangers of using a phone behind the wheel by using science as well as stories that brought real life consequences to people around the country. Studies show on average looking at your phone behind the wheel takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. Your car can travel the length of a football field in that time.

"Not everyone realizes that," said senior Logan Ryan, "and I feel like we were trying to get them to realize what the dangers really are."

"I hope people realize that texting and driving is really dangerous," said senior Kenny McGray, "if ya gotta text just pull over and text..then go on your way."

As part of the project students also surveyed their classmates on texting behaviors. Results showed that 40 percent of students surveyed admitted to texting and driving at some point. An even greater percentage said they were riding in a car while a parent was texting.

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