Students get tough on texts

December 11, 2013 by  

In response to the issue of distracted driving, students at Sissonville High School, near South Charleston, have launched an Anti-Texting and Driving Campaign at their school.

The campaign is being organized by students in teacher Robin White’s current events class. The students decided to work on the campaign after reading an article on the dangers of driving and texting.

West Virginia banned texting and driving starting on July 1, but nearly 300 drivers have received a citation for distracted driving since then.

During the campaign, students will view a graphic video that shows what can happens when people take their eyes off of the road to send a text. In the time it takes to look at a text on a phone, a car can travel a distance equal to the length of a football field.

The campaign has been taking place throughout this week. As part of it, students can take a pledge not to use their phones while driving and to keep both hands on the wheel at all times. The student organizers can use a local printing company to print up the names and signatures of students at the end of the campaign week.

Several of the students working on the campaign stated that they avoid using their phones when behind the wheel. Ethan Lauchart, a sophomore, said that he leaves his phone on silent so that he doesn’t notice if he receives a text while on the road. Madison Jones, another sophomore, pointed out that it isn’t worth the risk to send a text while driving.