With the number of teenagers dying from texting while driving car accidents up, it is surprising that two Tennessee high school students are pairing with a local insurance representative to teach their classmates about the importance of avoiding distracted driving. According to The Leaf-Chronicle, 11 teens will die in a car crash each day and texting or making phone calls increases the risk of having a car accident by four. With teens in such a high risk category for injury or death, these two high school seniors wanted to educate their classmates about the danger of such risky behavior.
The Clarksville Academy students are working with their broadcasting class to create a short video about the widespread effects of texting while driving. Although there is no dialogue, it is clear that the video is meant to convey the seriousness of distracted driving and that even if an individual is not injured or killed by distracted driving, a friend or classmate could be.
In addition to watching the video, students will also sign a pledge not to text while driving. In recognition that most texting is done by thumbs, the students will put their thumbprints on a giant banner and be given thumb rings if they sign the pledge.
Although not everyone in the school drives, one of the seniors reminded The Leaf-Chronicle that riding with a texting driver can be just as dangerous as actually texting and driving.
The high school students and the insurance agent who organized the day's events hope to provide teens with more than just information on texting while driving. They also want to hand out information how to avoid distracted driving in general.
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle, "Clarksville Academy takes a stand against texting while driving," Luke Thompson, Oct. 4, 2011
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