Teens Urged to Sign 'No Texting While Driving' Pledge

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

If you were to look at the last text message you sent or received today, would you consider it worthy of causing a serious accident? Looking at it from that perspective, there is really no text that can't wait.

AT&T took that message to Meridian High School seniors as part of "Texting and Driving - It Can Wait" Awareness Day.

"We have learned that, along with this new technology, texting is a wonderful tool. This technology has created a hazard in our culture and texting while driving has proven to be very, very dangerous," said C.D. Smith, AT&T regional director.

So dangerous that AT&T representatives say drivers who text from behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of accident.

Law enforcement officers told Meridian High seniors that after seeing these accidents first hand, this is more than just data and statistics to them.

"Any time you take your attention and put it somewhere other than driving, you are creating a dangerous situation that oftentimes leads into an accident," said Andy West of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

AT&T's message proved effective. After the program, many seniors agreed to sign a pledge against texting while driving.

"I signed it because I have heard of texting while driving and I don't want to be part of that tragedy," said Stephen Sanborn.

"I want to be safe. I want to go off to college," said John Sims. "I think everybody wants to be safe."

According to a recent Pew study, 54% of teenagers text every day. Half send more than 50 texts per day. A third send more than 100 per day.

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  • by Al Location: Augusta on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    I get that young drivers are more at risk of texting while driving, but such measure seems to ignore the fact that adult drivers are just as easily distracted by their cell phone when driving. Texting while driving is dangerous, period. An email or text message will NEVER be worth taking someone’s life. Any responsible driver should shut down its phone, pull over, or consider a hands-free texting application like Text'nDrive (http://www.textndrive.com/textingwhiledriving.php). There are so many alternatives on the market these days, drivers have no excuse to still type while driving.
  • by Otter Location: Seattle on May 25, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    We can’t legislate our way out of this issue. I just read that 72% of teens text daily - many text more than 3000 times a month. This issue is in its infancy and its not going away. I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool. Tell me what you think. Erik Wood, owner OTTER LLC http://www.OTTERapp.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNJiu3t9Yo8
  • by Collins Location: MS on May 24, 2010 at 11:42 PM
    I have seen, in my geographic location, more ADULTS(people age 40 and female more often) with a mobile "glued" to their ears attempting to drive, who have pulled out in font of me NUMEROUS instances!These people are oblivious to their real surroundings. ADULTS and teens use this technology in equal volume.
  • by sue Location: here on May 24, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    Bring the paper & they will sign along with the one for no drugs, no violence, no whatever it's just a brown nosing piece of paper anyway. What you gonna educate them about, they all know how to text & don't believe what anyone has to say about it. They are invinceable, don't you remember being young - even us oldster do things we know we shouldn't be doing (like climbing on a chair to get something). People think what ever IT is isn't going to happen to them so do your thing. Cell phones should not work when the tires of a vehicle are rolling.
  • by RR Location: home on May 21, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Maybe they could call it second hand texting as a cause of death,due to some idiot texting while driving.It is more believable than second hand smoke deaths.
  • by Don Location: marion on May 21, 2010 at 12:22 AM
    I also think educating these kids AND ADULTS to stop using the phone while driving would SAVE LIVES. The incidence of accidents while on the cell or texting is becoming as deadly as driving under the influence. Law Enforce ment wants people to bucle up. Well, this is a HUGE step toward the SAFE DRIVING that goes hand in hand with seat belts.
  • by Jeremy Chalmers Location: Philadelphia on May 20, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    slewfoot As the law currently exists in MS, municipalities are not allowed to pass such an ordinance. You can thank Senate Bill 2280 signed by the Governor in 2009. Our state legislature must do a better job next session and pass a statewide ban.
  • by slewfoot Location: Meridian on May 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    The Meridian city council must pass a law making this illegal in the city limits.First offense would be a $500 fine and walk round town with a sandwich sign on for 40 hours identifying them as a law breaking offender.Second offense would be $1000 fine and 15 days in jail,followed by picking up trash from the roadside for 80 hours.Third offense,all of the above and ban the offender from cellphone usage for life.That beats killing someone for something as stupid as playing with a cellphone.
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on May 20, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    Recently I was ran off the road by a teen that was looking down at his lap while driving, I assume he was testing. He looked up just in time to jerk his car back in his lane. There should be a law against texing until providors come up with a device that prevents texting from working while near the steering wheel of a car. It is to much to ask law enforcement to catch the offender, so make texting illegal until AT&T, Celllsouth, etc. come up with a solution.
  • by Phillip Location: Russell on May 20, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Texting while driving should be an automatic five days in jail for first offense, no question asked and without a cell phone.
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