LANCASTER, NY - A new survey shows 43% of teens say they text and drive even though they've been told it's dangerous. Teens at Lancaster High School signed a Pledge 2 Hang Up after seeing the potentially devastating consequences of texting and driving.
The powerful video from AT&T
shows what can happen when you take your hands, eyes and mind off the road to text for just a few seconds.
For one student in the auditorium, the message was very emotional. Julianna Graham's cousin A.J. Larson was killed texting while driving back in 2007. She hopes all students take this issue seriously.
Larson's family fought for stricter texting while driving laws which are now in effect. Drivers face a $150 fine for texting while driving. State Senator Patrick Gallivan says, ""I don't think the goal should be writing tickets or collecting fines or rising insurance rates. The goal is to reduce distracted driving and save lives."
Memorial Day starts what AAA classifies as the 100 deadliest days on the roads for teens. With prom, graduation and summer ahead, administrators hope students will make smart choices and stay safe.
If you want to be a part of the Pledge 2 Hang Up, just check out our website at: www.pledge2hangup.com.